Belt Ceremony

You might remember that I took another belt test just last June. You might also be wondering if I passed.

I’m happy to report that I did, and last August 15th, I finally got my BROWN BELT. (After this, I’ll have to test for Brown 1, Brown 2 and Brown 3 before I get to Black, but I’m getting there!)

So what happens during a Doce Pares Belt Awarding Ceremony? 


Sticks fly everywhere! (But if you’re quick enough you can avoid it from landing on your face)

drillsSteve and I practicing our stick fighting drills (photo by Maiko)



Bodies fly everywhere, too. (In a safe and more controlled manner. Sort of)


Master Erwin showing us the proper takedown (photo by Yvette)


Me, trying to fall the right way (photo by Yvette)

Learning the proper takedown (video by Maiko)

There’s a lot of goofing around.

goofing around

Steve practicing his locks on me, and David totally photobombing the shot. (photo by Maiko)

Then finally Master Erwin awards the much awaited certificates and belts.

certificateYay, I got my Brown Belt! (photo by Yvette)

To show off  our certificates, we take a formal class picture.

class picture formal

 Showing off our certificates (photo by Yvette)


To pretend like we know what we’re doing, we take an informal class picture.

class picture informal


Showing off our stances. (Photo by Yvette)

And finally to celebrate our accomplishments, we go out to eat.


And that’s what happens at a Doce Pares Belt Ceremony.

Thanks to Master Erwin, instructors Earl and Toy and to my Torrance classmates for teaching me the ways of Escrima.

And a very special thanks to Maiko and Yvette for taking awesome pictures and videos and supporting me all the way!

brown belt

Trying on my brown belt for the first time (photo by Yvette)

Now on to Brown 1!

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14 Responses to “Belt Ceremony”

  1. Murees Dupé says:

    Congratulations! That is super fantastic. What a wonderful accomplishment.

  2. Congrats on your brown belt! And it looks like a fun group.

  3. mooderino says:

    Congratulations! (And excellent photo-bombing).

  4. Congratulations on your brown belt. Your pictures seem to parallel my writing journey. Especially the one with your tongue hanging out 😛

  5. Southpaw says:

    CONGRATS! That a great achievement.

  6. Congratulations!!! Glad you passed the tests.

  7. tcavey says:

    congrats on the belt! Love the pics.
    I’ve always wanted to learn some form of martial art but have never have, it’s on my bucket list though. Hopefully someday I will start learning.

  8. Congrats on getting your brown belt! It’s fitting that you got it in autumn.

  9. Congrats on getting your brown belt, and what funny and cool pix!

  10. Congratulations! You all look like you’re having so much fun. Especially with the photobomb :P.

  11. Carina Olsen says:

    Yay! Congrats on the brown belt 😀 So awesome. Thank you for sharing. <3

  12. Bish Denham says:

    Congratulations, Nutschell! How long has it taken you?

  13. Congratulations! Earning those belts may be fun, but it also represents a great deal of hard work to reach those skill levels. Good for you that you have the perseverance to be successful!

  14. Congratulations, Nutschell! That’s awesome, kudos to you!

    Great pictures too. :)

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