Black Belt Test 2013 is this Sunday May 5 at 3 PM

black beltOn Sunday May 5 at 3 PM you are invited to share in the celebration of our 3 black belt candidates who will complete their testing with a demonstration. In the last couple of months in addition to all of the physical preparations the three candidates completed the following:

1. Kyle Pinder engaged some of his classmates and created a program for a group of individuals who have MS. He showed them how they could use martial arts to get some positive movement in their routine. It was met with appreciation from all of the participants, as they not only enjoyed the different kind of movement, but also the skill and patience of each of the students who worked with them.

2. Mark Paalman has put together a program on Downs Syndrome as a beginning of an awareness education work we are creating for our school. His goal is to help all of our students understand the scientific side of some common differences – that in the end we can see and feel that no matter our differences, as humans we all have goals and dreams. This is a great follow up to the work done last year by Audrey on autism.

3. Jen Selby completed a 6 week program on art education, Art in Mind. This visual education in art and the conversations that resulted in what you see created opportunity for creative thinking. In addition it helped each of the students to appreciate that all of us see things in different ways. All of this culminated in a unbelievable display and evening meeting the artist and seeing all of the work they put in on Museum Night. There was a great turnout and demand for the program to be repeated.

Please come and support the candidates this Sunday afternoon and watch them do forms, kicks, self defense, break boards and talk about their journey. The event will be held at Summit School – right across from Camp Letts. Their test begins at 11AM and you may come at any time, but the please be there by 3 PM for the final demonstration.

Black Belt Test Essays From the Candidates

Black Belt Test Candidates

Each of the Black Belt candidates wrote an essay about their journey.  The winning Best Essay will be read at the closing ceremony on April 22, 2012 at Camp Letts.  In the mean time I thought it would be nice for all to see some of the excerpts from all of them.  We are looking forward to all come out for the testing and seeing both the physical and mental skills of these students.  Here is the Essay compilation.