Some good things involving white and yellow occurred today. Usually yellow and snow is a dangerous mix, but when I walked out of karate class with my yellow belt and saw white snow on the ground, it was only good. The story goes back to last week, where Mark and I participated in the karate grading. We have been going to karate twice a week (three times for the past few weeks) and had been allowed by our Sensei to participate in the grading. This was exciting enough as not everyone gets a chance to grade, but it was very nerve-wracking! I had to go first, which had my heart racing. I made a few mistakes, but overall it went quite well. There was one point where the instructor marked out a rink, faced me against another white belt and said “fight.” That was an interesting experience – one kick to the stomach and I learned to block pretty fast. I may have got a punch or kick in, it was such an adrenaline rush! I would say I want to fight again, but that’s not quite the right statement. Rather, I would like to participate in another controlled karate fight where I can stop at any time and with someone I trust. But man, when those circumstances arise again, I am in!
So we got presented out yellow belts today, in a wonderful karate ceremony. We even got to see a black belt demonstration. I really want to continue karate back in Australia… I have got a real taste for the karate do.
So spirits, high we headed outside… and saw SNOW! We have had snow in Hamilton before, but there was an importance difference this time, it was staying!
We ran around and slid in the snow on the way home from karate. Mark was so excited he just kept singing “Snow! Snow! Snow!”
As Mark and I played around and photographed the snow passers-by thought we were a bit odd. But I think they are odd, huddled under their umbrellas and hoods when they could be dancing in the snow!
So, you get the picture. There is snow and it is wonderful. Now, here’s some proof of my progression in karate:
I am so happy in my yellow belt with the snow that I looked up the forecast: and there is more to come!