Each of the Black Belt candidates wrote an essay about their journey. The winning Best Essay will be read at the closing ceremony on April 22, 2012 at Camp Letts. In the mean time I thought it would be nice for all to see some of the excerpts from all of them. We are looking forward to all come out for the testing and seeing both the physical and mental skills of these students. Here is the Essay compilation.
Two Evan’s both with a last name that starts with a W. and both of them 6 years old. Oh yes and they take class together here at Balanced Life Skills. One of them put together this service project of collecting cereal for children who do not have homes. The box he decorated and supplied was getting filled up and then on Saturday it got really filled. The other Evan W. had a birthday party and he asked his friends to bring a box of cereal to the party in lieu of gifts. Now look at the results. The box
A demanding full-day test of endurance. A difficult personal interview. A sincere four-page essay on what a Black Belt means to you. Momentous service projects finished after a year or more of preparation. A critical pre-test determining your ability to go forward. Intense hours of sparring, stances, footwork, technique, forms, and demonstrations finalized with wooden board breaks. Could you do it? Eight current red belt students are about to find out. It is possible that not all of them will be performing at the Black Belt Candidate Test and Demonstration on Sunday, April 22, 2012. Balanced Life Skills
Here is a great photo of a student who is testing for his yellow belt making a great board break. This part of the test is not about just the physical ability and technique – but more about breaking through the fear one person may have in anything that they may have ahead of them. The next time Noah has a task he is not sure he can do, he knows that if he works hard, practices correctly he will be able to accomplish anything he puts his mind too. Great Job Noah.
During the month of October Balanced Life Skills students made presentations at 3 schools in our area on bully prevention. Mr. Joe was able to speak at each school and engage them in conversation about what it means to be a good friend. The schools that have heard the message were Chesapeake Montessori, Chesapeake Academy and South Shore Elementary. The students demonstrated courage by standing in front of their classmates and making a stand against bullying behavior. After the presentation each student received a brochure and bookmark. Would you like to have a presentation at your school? Just ask Mr.