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Hurrah for The Young Master!!!

Hurrah!!!  The Young Master just passed the test for his green belt in Tae Kwon Do about 30 minutes ago via Zoom.  Once again, I am just bowled over by his determination. 

Since The Grand Duchess is usually the one who gets our son set up each afternoon and Saturday mornings with the computer, and often supervises from nearby, much of this was new to me.  I have not really witnessed him in action since the last belt test at the end of February.  His increase in skill, coordination, focus, speed, and form in just a little over two months is head spinning.  He has practiced six days a week for 1-2 hours a day since the end of March when everything went into lock-down mode, so I should not be surprised, and he has indicated that he wants to help teach the martial art once he turns 14. 

That's just 3.5 years away, by which time I expect he'll have his black belt, or be just about there.  Anyway, we pick up the belt in a drive-by ceremony early Sunday afternoon.  Wow.  Just wow.



Gallia said…
Congratulations Paul,
Applause too.
Bill P.
tradgardmastare said…
Great news and congratulations to you Paul , well done!
Well done Paul! Hard work rewarded.

(and well done to Mom and Pop!)
Well done, although you do realise Stokes that you have dropped down the pecking order in your household. Expect sand to be kicked in your face anytime soon.
marinergrim said…
A great achievement and well deserved. Hoorah!
Peter Douglas said…
Well done indeed!
Thank you everyone for your kind words and wishes to Young Master Paul. He really was amazing yesterday. I had a big, and I'm sure goofy, smile on my face through the entire testing period. I don't mind at all slipping in the pecking order after his performance yesterday. ;-)

Best Regards,

Matt said…
Well done young man!

Marvin said…
Let me also say "bravo - very well done!"

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