Gareth belt tested today, and I’m happy to report he did well and now wears a purple belt. It was Nigel’s first time sitting on a testing board, as well – he’s been to belt testings since becoming a black belt but not judged before today.
It is very fun, as Gareth improves, to see him develop his own style. Nigel has always had a very panther-like style, or perhaps cobra-like . . . smooth quiet movement, then snap a kick or punch out of nowhere. Gareth is emerging quite differently. His movements are abrupt (that sounds like a bad thing . . . but I’m not meaning it that way), with a distinct pop, pop, pop to his movements. Nigel and I were discussing this, and if Gareth can really develop the power behind those “pops”, then he will have a style to contend with.
Anyway . . . pictures. Not very quality ones, as I couldn’t get anywhere close, so just rather blurry far away pics with my zoom. And it’s not my camera – the light in this gym was really that green!
And geared up for sparring:
Nigel judging forms:
Gareth being belted:
And doing 70 pushups afterward!
New purple belt