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It's Not Easy Being Yellow

March 21st, 2011 (06:51 pm)

I got my third stripe as a white belt in Tae Kwon Do today, which means I'm eligible to test for yellow belt the next time testing is offered. It's this Friday, so I barely made it in under the wire. I started only a month ago, and by Friday I'll have attended just barely the minimum number of classes required, as well, especially since I had to miss all of last week, when my son was sick. Bad timing all around.

The late eligibility also means that I just today received the information sheet of stuff I need to know in order to earn my yellow belt (in addition to the required skills I had to demonstrate to get the three stripes). This gives me only a few days to learn a page full of terminology ... in Korean.

Still, I'm a word person. Memorizing words is tons easier for me than learning skills that require strength, coordination, and athletic ability.

The first few questions I have to answer are easy. I've heard the answers enough times at my son's belt ceremonies so that I already know them:

Q: What do you learn at this school?
A: Tae Kwon Do, SIR!

Q: What is Tae Kwon Do?
A: A Korean martial art, SIR!

Q: What does Tae Kwon Do mean?
A: Tae means foot or kicking. Kwon means hard, fist, or punching. Do means art or way, SIR!

I have to know the Master's full name. No problem there. And I have to be able to count to 10 in Korean. TWO different ways of counting in Korean.

But I'm out of time now, so I'll save the counting and the rest of the terminology for a later entry.