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Our 14-year-old niece Sydney is now officially a black belt in tae kwon do.

Just 14 and a black belt...a very big deal!!!

 

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Syndey began studying tae kwon do when she was 8 years old.  She's smart as a whip as well as committed to her sport, and she moved up through the ranks quickly.

 

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Friday evening Kim and I made the 2-hour drive down to Bloomington to watch her test for her black belt.

 

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Since my only exposure to the martial arts has been a tv show or movie, it was fascinating to watch in real life with a black belt on the line.

 

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Her instructor, Mr. Scott, barked out forms and moves that Sydney and her friend (also vying for a black belt) executed gracefully and beautifully.

 

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All those years of hard work were finally paying off!

 

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The final part of the testing, after Sydney was already exhausted both physically and mentally, was sparring with other black belts.  Sydney's first partner was a grown man who was a foot and a half taller than her...

 

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...but Sydney held her own and did great!

 

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A different partner...

 

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...same result!

 

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She did it!!!  Mr. Scott presented the coveted black belt to Sydney...

 

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...along with a little lesson on how to tie it.

 

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Very cool!  Sydney's name in English as well as Korean!

 

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These two shared six years of blood, sweat, and tears...all worth it!

 

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Proud parents Paula and Greg, and proud little brother Foster (who is also studying tae kwon do in Sydney's footsteps)...

 

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Grandpa Kenny was happy to share the big moment!

 

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Big brother Morgan, with his fiance Destiny, also studied tae kwon do for awhile.

I plan to stay on the good side of this family...don't mess with 'em....

 

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Afterwards, Kenny bought us all ice cream at Jiffy Treat!

 

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So what ice cream treat does Bloomington's newest black belt prefer?

Smores Cyclone...of course!

 

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We're all super proud of you, Sydney!

Black belt, Baby!!!

 

 

 

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