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Black Belt Testing - DONE!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

I know I haven't been blogging too much lately but have really been focused on school and work and the upcoming holidays in addition to training really hard for my tae kwon do black belt test that I had this past weekend.

I got there at 4:00 p.m. Friday because they said we were going to do the run/cardio portion early and then didn't end up starting until about 5 p.m. I did the inside cardio because the last time I ran outside in the cold (it was barely 40 degrees) I needed my inhaler three times that night so I had to err on the side of caution. 5 minutes of jumping jacks, 5 minutes of mountain climbers, 5 minutes of bicycles (or other ab exercises - I switched between a few of them) and then the other 10 minutes was line drills down the dojang such as knee strikes, high rising kicks or crescent kicks. Got my heart rate right up there!

Then on to sparring. Got my gear on and waited. And waited. Sparred one round. Then waited. And waited some more. Sparred my other two rounds and then that was finished - my LEAST favorite part!

Then waited some more. After it was my group's turn for more cardio we did kicks on the wavemasters (stand up punching bags). We had 1 minute for each kick. Right leg first and then the left leg. Ages 40+ had to do a minimum of 50 per leg (I did 70-80) and the youngsters needed to do a minimum of 70 per leg. We did side kicks, roundhouse kicks and front kicks.

Then we waited a little more.

Started at the very first white belt form and went up from there. 13 forms were mine. At the end of those, we were asked to sit and watch the rest of the upper level black belts finish their forms. On of the instructors from another school was testing for his 4th degree plus (I don't remember which level of 4th degree) belt so he had many forms after I did. We sat for quite a while and I started getting very stiff. At the end of his forms we had run out of time to do the kicks they would have us do so we totally lucked out!

I figured it out using my Bodybugg and out of the 4 hours, I actually only did 102 minutes and burned around 500 calories. I was stiff and sore from working out so intensely and then sitting and then working out intensely and sitting, etc.

That was the end of the Friday night test and we still had the Saturday portion to do. Saturday is much easier with just having to perform our highest form, some kicks and punches, our self defense techniques and our board breaking.

We had one chance to break our one board. They called out a reverse roundhouse kick for me. With a roundhouse kick you kick with the top of your foot and I had avoided doing those for breaking because I had heard so many horror stories about people hurting themselves, etc. It's much easier to break with the ball of your foot or your heel since there's more padding there! So I figured - if I'm going to hurt myself anyway, I'd better break it with ONE kick. So I did! And the top of my foot hurt all night but it was better by the next day.

Then Sunday I went on a bakery tour of Milwaukee bakeries with my 4 aunts, my sister and my cousin. We had a BLAST! They have food tours all over the country so I would highly suggest anyone try one. It was a great time. We went to about 6-7 bakeries and got samples at every one and had time to purchase things for ourselves if we wanted. And it was only $50 per person. I would totally do this again!

So hope everyone had a great weekend. Now on to the rest of the week!

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WINNIE1978 12/15/2012 9:47PM

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COMPUCATHY 12/14/2012 9:00PM

    Congrats on your testing! That kick and board breaking sounds really hard. I'm proud of're one tough cookie! The tour sounds like great fun...glad you went and had such a great time! Hope you have a great weekend! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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VLL723 12/12/2012 9:54AM

    Good for you!

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MOMPPCL 12/12/2012 9:11AM

    WOW, you are amazing!!!

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CELIAMINER 12/12/2012 8:28AM

    So happy for you and glad you blogged about it! Found myself hanging on every word to find out what was coming next!
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BUSYGRANNY5 12/12/2012 6:59AM

    Congratulations to you!!! Keep on keeping on!!!!

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LITTLEGUYSMOM1 12/12/2012 6:32AM

    emoticon on your black belt!! What an accomplishment. All your hard work is paying off.

I've never heard of a food tour before. Sounds like fun.

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/12/2012 5:59AM

    Sounds like a lot of "Hurry Up and Wait". No wonder you got all "stoved up" with the long intervals between each event. You couldn't keep your muscles warmed up. Sounds like an intense program so emoticon

I love Milwaukee! emoticon I lived in Manitowoc for 4 years and loved it.

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KARRENLYNN 12/12/2012 12:50AM

    Congratulations Chris!!

I'm so proud of your accomplishment. And with so many important things going on at once, you did great!

I've never gone on a food tour, sounds like fun.

I'm glad you had a great weekend, hope your week is just as good.

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