Saturday, July 30, 2011

Keystone State Games

Middle's second competition at the advanced level went a lot better than the first.

Everyone credits the haircut.

I also credit the huge amount of work this kid has put in, both in and out of the dojang over the last month especially.

His first event was weapons. Usually his best event, and the one he works hardest at, he tied for second with his double-nunchaku creative form, complete with the aerial he's been working on since last year. For the tiebreaker, he and the other competitor had to repeat their performances. She won. He got the bronze medal.

Next was open-hand forms. This time, there was a three-way tie for second. Each of them had to repeat their form, and this time he won the silver.

Finally, fighting. Not usually his best event. In the last competition, he got a third-place trophy, mainly because two opponents had been disqualified for illegal contact. This time, he won the two rounds he fought 3-1 and 3-0. A huge improvement for him. Gold medal.

The best part, of course, was all the fun they had. What a great group of kids and parents - we're blessed to have them all as such a big part of our lives.

Next weekend: Washington, D.C. We can't wait.

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