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Me, Aly and Sensei Tony




So Aly and I are moving right along in our Karate. On January 15, 2011 we were able to take our test which would allow us to advance to an Orange Belt. Each rank takes a little longer to receive the invite to test as there are more Kempos, Defense Maneuvers, Katas, etc to learn. You only receive an invite if your Sensei believes you will actually pass the test. They are definitely not a walk in the park for sure.

I decided, pre invite, to take this 6 week women’s boot camp class which is an hour every Friday night. So the night before my friend Jaclyn and I go into our class and leave with literal Gumby legs. I felt like I was learning to walk for the first time. We had spent the entire hour working out our legs. So I woke up the next morning having the thought that I had just committed the greatest level of self-torture one human could face as I knew within just a few short hours I would be taking my Karate test.

I tried with all my might to not let my sore legs get to me as I walked into the Studio, pumped and ready to go. Aly was nervous and her stomach was already in knots, which as a mom didn’t help me any. This is a hard situation to be in because I have to take off my mom had and realize that I am there to test and not rescue my baby.

So the test starts off  by meditating and instantly my Sensei has us go into squats. I INSTANTLY had visions of me relieving myself all over the carpet as I could barely bend my legs. Needless to say I had a goal in sight and I was not going to let my sore legs get the better of me. After 2 hours of testing, a small period of relief came when we were able to meditate prior to our certificates being passed out. This was after many push-ups, performing what we had learned, Sparring which sucks the life out of you, and sweating like no other.

There is nothing more rewarding than being able to have that new belt in front of you and putting it on knowing you have put your all into it. Let’s just say I was unable to walk with out some kind of limp for several days. 🙂 It was well worth it. I am so grateful over and over again to be able to be a part of the Martial Arts world. It is fantastic and has provided me such an amazing opportunity to enjoy pushing my limits physically and watching my daughter excel and build her confidence. I look forward to continuing this journey and seeing where it takes us.

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Posted: 12/31/2010 in accomplishments


Me, Aly, & our Sensei

New Yellow Belts



At the end of October Aly came home with a paper talking about Karate starting at the Bountiful Recreation Center; she wanted to do this course that would only be 15 weeks each Friday for an hour. Well as it turned out scheduling was not in favor for everyone involved and so I turned to Google and entered “Karate in Bountiful”.  The first place that popped up was United Studios of Self Defense. I decided to stop by after work that day and check it out. I walked in to one of the most energetic, friendly, passionate people I think I have ever met. You could tell he had a true love for the Martial Arts and enjoyed sharing his knowledge with others. No sooner had I learned what the program was all about, Aly and I had an hour lesson set up to try it out. We showed up on a Wednesday night and were there for a full hour; at the end of that session, I could not believe what I had found. I felt like I had died and gone to heaven. Aly and I got fit with a Karate Gi and were on our way.

We were quickly thrown into our group classes which we attend 3 days a week along with one private lesson. For each belt you learn different defense maneuvers and kempos before you are invited to test. The test is quite intense and I don’t think I have ever sweat like that in my life; I didn’t expect to cry when I got my belt but I did especially when I looked over and saw Aly putting her Yellow Belt on. It is quite an accomplishment to earn any of the belts and it has become my sanity to go to Karate, it is my outlet, I love the exercise it is but more than that what I have learned about my body. I have learned so much about myself, my coordination is greatly improving, and I love how mindful it has helped me to become. I would recommend it to anyone.

Our Yellow Belt test was on 11/6/10



Aly & her loot


Opening Gifts

My sister Jamie and her family live in California, they came out during the 2nd week of Christmas Break this year. It worked out for Aly’s dad and I to switch weeks so that she would be able to see her cousins while they were out here.

They came over on Christmas Day right before she came home and we were able to enjoy everyone’s company. Aly then spent the night with her cousins on Sunday and Monday night. I went over to my sister’s in-laws house on Monday to make earrings and hang out. Tuesday was a quiet day and Wednesday my sister’s oldest daughter spent the night at my place.

We dropped Jo off Thursday morning and hung out for a little bit before returning home. We always enjoy getting together with family even though time seems to go by much to fast when we are together. I was also fortunate enough to have this week off of work to catch up on some housework and sleep.

Back to school and work we go on Monday.