I've been shamefully slack in my posting lately, due to illnesses interspersed with activities. In order to prevent this blog from slipping away into the shadows, I'm going to post as and when I can, rather than at regular intervals as I have been. Posts may be shorter and perhaps more focused on day to day life than previously. We shall see.
One of the activities taking up so much time has been my son's imminent Taekwondo black belt testing. His coach has insisted on attendance three times a week as preparation for this milestone test, so the pressure is on.
We recently travelled out of Taipei to a large school in Jilong County to take part in the black belt pre-testing event. To catch the bus taking us there, we had to leave home at 6 o'clock in the morning, when it was still dark. We ate breakfast on the way and arrived in plenty of time to join in the pre-testing practice. I was so glad I was one of the bleary-eyed audience and not a participant.
|Still waking up|
Feeling a little better with breakfast to hand.
|At least a hundred students took part.|
There were four tests in all: two assessing the sets of moves they must perform without error, one fighting match and one kicking performance.
The kicks were also pretty exciting, especially the older students', because they had to break a board with a single well-placed kick.
Finally, the coveted certificate was achieved. Was it worth getting up at 5.30? Gah - I think so.