Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Way of the Foot and Fist

Tae Kwon Do means "The Way of the Foot and Fist". Caleb had a belt test for Tae Kwon Do this past weekend to move up to purple belt. The color purple represents the changing sky of dawn, as once again the student undergoes a new change and prepares for the transition to advanced student. He will begin to sharpen his technique, improve balance, and focus on perfecting forms at this belt level.

He was so excited to perform all that he has learned over the past few months. There were kicking and punching routines, skill and balance, sparring, and breaking boards. Then of course the graduation from blue belt to purple belt.

Here is Caleb sparring. At this level it is still no contact. After purple belt, you graduate to brown belt and contact sparring begins. With full head and chest protection of course. We are anxious to see how Caleb will deal with that, because he sure doesn't like it when little brother kicks or punches him. He turns on the tears.

Caleb breaking boards with Instructor Jason. He loves this part. I'd like to get out there and whack a couple myself.

Giving high-five and a handshake after his purple belt graduation.

Instructor Christy and Anita are the instructors for Caleb's age group. They do an excellent job.


On to other sports events......the Peterson boys have just began Flag Football this month. This is non-tackle football. It is so cute to see these little guys out there learning plays and catching the football. Both of them had their first game this past Saturday. They had little jerseys, shorts, play arm bands, and the flag belt around their waist. Cody of course is the smallest one on his team. His shorts go down past his knees (in the smallest size) and he was highly upset at this wardrobe malfunction. "But my shorts are too big!"

It was cold that morning, hence the sweat pants and long sleeve shirt under his uniform. Quinn is playing on Caleb's team. Kiersa doesn't want to watch her brother play though. She stays down on Cody's field to watch him every practice and every game.

Caleb with his mouth guard. He looks like he sucking on an orange peel. Caleb really is enjoying flag football. He practices and plays his games the same time as Cody, but on a different field. It makes it a little difficult for us to watch them both. We have to hike back and forth across the fields and usually end up at Cody's end the majority of the time. When he is sitting out, he wants to sneak off and play with his personal cheerleader, Kiersa. So we have to make sure we are there to get him back on the field when it is his turn to play. It is definitely more convenient to not have practices on separate nights though. We are already so busy with work and martial arts.

"I am big now, that's why I can play football!"

Ready, Hike! Caleb is the third one crouched down, ready for action.


Uncle Jim said...

Tell Caleb I'm not wrestling with him anymore. He looks like he really enjoys his Tae Kwon Do! Glad to see the boys having fun.

Kev said...

Such cute little boys. I miss them so much. Looks like fun! Poor Cody and his wardrobe mishaps.

Mom said...

Looks like fun. Way to go boys!