Sports

One stripe down

Posted in Molly, Sports on August 30th, 2018 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly has her brown belt in karate, and is working toward black. When she got her brown belt, it had 3 stripes on it, which she has to work off over 18 months in order to test for her black belt. After 6 months of work, she got the first stripe removed. Congratulations, Molly.

One stripe down

Brown belt

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on December 20th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Molly’s been practicing karate for over three years now, and just reached her biggest milestone yet. She tested for her brown belt on Friday night. That’s the last belt before black. The test got started at 6:30 and finished around 10:30. There were some very tired kids.

The test included lots of katas (choreographed fights), including this bo kata.

Bo staff kata

There were 3 girls testing for their black belts, which meant all of the girls got to try their hand at breaking boards. Molly’s done this several times before, and had no trouble.

Breaking a board

There was a lot of sparring.

Sparring

Sparring

And Molly got her brown belt!

Brown belt

She was very excited.

Excited

Getting her brown belt means she is now an advanced belt, which means she will now be teaching (well, assistant teaching) classes. She’ll be working toward her black belt, though it’ll likely take her 18 months to get there. Along the way, she’ll be working towards milestones that allow her to remove stripes from her brown belt. Once all 3 stripes are gone, she’ll be ready to test for black.

With her new brown belt

Awesome job Molly!

Church 5K

Posted in Sports on October 29th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

While our visitors were in town, our church held their annual 5K. It was a beautiful day (much better than last year, when it started pouring rain half-way through the race). I had hoped to get others in my family to join me in the run, but no one wanted to take on the very hilly course. So, I headed off by myself.

That doesn’t mean the kids didn’t get involved in the race, though. The 5K runs right by our house. The kids decided to make signs and come out to cheer me (and the rest of the racers) on.

Cheering section

I got a nice boost of energy from my cheering section as I ran by.

Here comes Dad

My family didn’t run, but some of their friends did. Simon and Ben ran by too quickly to be photographed (they actually ended up first and second in their age group), but Jen did get a picture of Matilda, Stacie, and Julie.

Friends running

I had my best result in this race so far. For the first time, I won my age group. Thanks to all the other 30-something real runners for not showing up today. It was a great race, so all of you who didn't come should come next year - assuming you're not a 30-something male serious runner. In that case, you should come in 2 years when I move up to the 40-something bracket :)

Brown stripe test

Posted in Molly, Sports on October 16th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back at the end of August, Molly tested for her brown stripe. This is the precursor to testing for her brown belt (4 months later), which is a big milestone. As you can see, she’s serious.

Brown stripe test

She keeps getting better at sparring.

Sparring

Sparring

Sparring

Two and a half hours later (these tests are long), she got it!

Brown stripe

Hug

Congratulations to all the testers!

All the testers

That brown stripe is the last little step before going for her brown belt, which means a lot more responsibility (including being an assistant teacher in classes).

Happy with success

Lots of tennis

Posted in Family outings, Family visits, Sports on July 31st, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

At Callaway, I play a lot of tennis. I don’t get to play daily at home, so it’s fun to get to at Callaway. I played 4 out of 5 camp days (TreeTop conflicted on Thursday). Friday was an especially busy day. I woke up early to run the camp 5K at 7:00. Then played in the camp tennis tournament from 10 to noon. And then, we finally found the time to take the whole family out on the courts.

Family tennis

Leah backhand

Family tennis

JJ and Uncle J came out to play as well (yes, I brought enough racquets for everyone).

Tennis cousins

Family tennis

Thanks to everyone for joining me out on the court.

Tennis players

Family tennis

Posted in Sports on June 23rd, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

With a little bit warmer weather at the beginning of May, we were able to get out on the tennis court as a family. Yes, even Jen joined us, and we all had a great time.

Family tennis

High socks

Posted in Leah, Sports on June 21st, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah continues to be a serious tennis player. And now that it’s warm, she can dress the part as well. Leah got a couple pair of high socks at Easter, and now she wants to wear them whenever she plays tennis, just like Bethany Mattek-Sands.

High socks

I posted that picture to Twitter back when I took it and was surprised to get a response for Leah from Bethany herself!

Here are a few action shots of Leah at her lesson.

Tennis lessons

Tennis lessons

Tennis lessons

Tennis lessons

Purple belt test

Posted in Molly, Sports on June 20th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in April, Molly tested for her purple belt in karate. Here she is doing a kata.

Purple belt test

And sparring.

Sparring

She did it! Congratulations, Molly!

Getting her belt

Purple belt

Testers

Post test

Molly was done with her green belt.

Done with green

Purple stripe test

Posted in Extracurriculars, Molly, Sports on March 5th, 2017 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Back in December, Molly tested to get a purple stripe on her green belt. Here she is doing a kata.

Belt test

She did some sparring against opponents of various sizes. You’ve got to get in close when your opponent has a lot more reach than you.

Sparring

Sparring

Kick

Congratulations on earning your purple strip, Molly!

Stripe

Purple strip

Molly’s gotten to be quite tough. This kid is serious.

Serious

But also silly.

Silly one

Tennis player

Posted in Leah, Sports on November 13th, 2016 by c-had – Be the first to comment

Leah continues to be a serious tennis player. She got invited to step up from the regular recreational classes to the Academy classes back in June, and has been doing that since then. While the weather was nice, she even got to play on clay courts every week. Now she’s back inside avoiding the elements, but still loving it.

She participated in a Tournevent (somewhat less competitive than a tournament, geared towards smaller kids) and had a great time. Here are some of the kids at the end.

Tournevent