Nadia had the chance in March to go to a little “training” with Grandmaster Pat Burleson. I wasn’t able to make it, but Mike got a lot of good photos and Nadia really enjoyed it. After that class time they got to watch Nadia’s Master Valdez test for his 7th degree blackbelt. She told me that she had a great time. Here is the video of Master Valdez doing his form which I thought was very cool.
Master Valdez had told Nadia she would have to wait for the March test to try for her orange belt, but in the second week of February he said he knew she was ready. He told me that she had worked so hard that I should add her to the February 14th test list. She was so excited because she had worked so hard!
With Master Valdez after earning her Orange Belt.
In front of the school with her certificate and new belt. WOO HOO!
Last year Nadia started at another dojo that closed after she had only been there for 2.5 months. She had learned their white belt form and some of their gold belt form. When we moved over to Excel Taekwondo at the end of October, Master Valdez let her stay a gold belt and she just knew she had to learn the new white and gold belt form. She loves it so she worked really, really hard. When it came time to test in January she was on the list to test for the tip on her gold belt. She easily passed and was so proud. Master Valdez told her that in 2 months she could go for her Orange Belt because that is the standard practice for testing.