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)
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.
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.
To show off our certificates, we take a formal class picture.
Showing off our certificates (photo by Yvette)
To pretend like we know what we’re doing, we take an informal class picture.
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!
Trying on my brown belt for the first time (photo by Yvette)
Now on to Brown 1!
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