HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO ME!!
I could not have asked to end my 20's better. Last nights test was a doozy. For two hours we were put through push-up, sit-ups, jumping kicks, hand techniques, seven forms, Staff forms, one-steps for hands and feet, Judo take-downs, grappling, Jui Jitsu.. and then in the last half hour we were put in the middle of a circle with two other opponents to sparr. I held my own... although they landed some pretty fierce punches and kicks too. One got me right under my ribs... it made it hard to breathe the last minute, but I made it! I am now a 2nd Degree Green belt!! I skipped 3 belts... I cant believe I learned (and remembered) everything I needed to!!
Hubby did great too and received his Orange belt!! YAY HUBBY!!!
We both chatted up a storm afterwards in the car and at home. The topic mainly being that he and I could have never survived that 3 months ago. That is no joke. The fact that I kept up with the 'big boys' and finished every thing asked of me.. well, I was pretty impressed with myself. It wasn't easy though. There were times when I was so exhausted I could barely keep moving. I had several times when I thought I was going to throw up, but managed to keep it down. Somewhere I gathered up the strength to throw men that were well over 200 lbs and over 6' tall. I wrestled them to the ground and got submissions... I got hit in the face, stomach and even kicked in the butt once... but never stopped.
Why are the tests so hard? You have to earn your belt. Just because you know it, doesn't mean you can DO IT. There was one exercise where everyone stood in a circle, with me in the middle. At random they were called out to attack me. I was not allowed to hit or kick... just take them down. They grabbed me on my wrists, shoulders and choke holds. Your mind is racing to remember what you were taught to do at that moment. You have to act fast, because on the street the man is not going to wait around to see what your going to do. One guy I had on the floor before I even knew what I was doing.
I feel like I have earned my way to 30. Today I am a better woman then I have ever been.I am sober, don't smoke and eat the healthiest food I can find. So, I have passed my test and made it to 30. I wonder what the 40 test will be like?
I am supposed to be doing Cardio X.. and while I still might.. I am going to give my body a rest and do Stretch X instead.
Tomorrow we are having family over for a Birthday BBQ. I know there will be some of Hubby's yummy pork sandwiches.. and cake... so I better be really good today so I can eat up tomorrow!!