Brook has grown up a lot! Here she is in her cheerleader outfit. Eighth grade was full of events. There were lots of times when arms would just fly up in the air with a fist pump or whatever. Sometimes those events happened in her sleep! LOL
This was taken at the black belt testing. This is a group of new black belts now and a new second degree black belt, my Brook. That is Master Lee on the left.
This was taken during the test. Look at that tired face. This is after about 2 hours of testing. She had just a long enough break to grab a bottle of water before she was back to her testing exercises.
Notice she is standing doing squats while everyone else is doing planks? During pre-test testing she hurt her hand and wrist during a blocking exercise and has a plaster splint on. It is full contact for her so yes, she can and does get hurt. So how long can you plank or hold a squat? This time it was only 5 minutes. look at that smile. This was taken at the 4 minute mark. See the staff people? They walk around and push on you. Several times her shoulders were pushed and she went to an even lower squat. The plankers had to maintain straight arms and backs, ouch!
Ok, so now Brook has her second degree black belt in Taekwondo. She is working on her third degree now. She is also assisting with teaching 2 classes a week. She is paying for her own classes now. She is 14! I know adults that do not have the dedication to stay with it like she has.
I am proud of her. She is a freshman in high school now. She will be in 2 honors classes. She plans on college. At present time her goal is neonatal nurse.. I am just glad she is thinking of the future even though her goals may change, she still has goals!