This year, we presented our newest Black Belt Graduation a bit different. Instead of awarding our new students their belts in class, in front of their peers, we decided to SURPRISE them at an outdoor picnic and give their belts to them — in front of the Black Belt Club members. For those that don’t know, our newest black belts are Ethan Wa., Ethan We. and Adam B. — all teenagers that have been training at The Dojo of Karate for about 5+ years. Last Summer, they attempted the Black Belt test, falling just short of their goal. However, they demonstrated the necessary perseverance, dedication, and focus to achieve their goal — and never gave up. I can’t express how proud I am with these 3 students for working hard and sticking to the game plan. They trusted their training, fed off of each others inspirations, and just kept plugging away. During the surprise Black Belt Graduation, we all just hung out, ate some cupcakes, cookies, watermelon and had a friendly game of kickball. Even I joined in on the action… however, having to end my day with a pulled groin muscle. Hopefully it’s a quick recovery prior to my Spartan Race coming up on May 2nd i Ft. Carson, CO. Anyways, check out this video of the kids earning their black belt in front of their peers.