It's been 6 years in the making and he finally made it. We are SO proud of him. Words cannot describe the joy that we felt as we watched him reach this milestone. Kaleb is only 13yrs. Dashi (the owner of the school) made the decision to test him with the adults. Both Steve and I knew that he could do it. He's faced so many hard things in his life that we knew he can do hard things. For those who don't understand what it is like to go through a true black belt test, it's grueling and physically exhausting. He went through 8 hours of this testing. And then performed for an hour at his black belt ceremony.
At the beginning of their day, they take them off site. The first thing Dashi tells them is to pick out rock a that they will carry with them through out the day. It literally becomes their friend for the day. I think Dashi was completely shocked when Kaleb came walking out of the forest with his rock It was HUGE. But he persevered and carried that rock with him through out his whole test. HE can do HARD things.
(Dashi wanted to show everybody how HUGE his rock was, most testers had a rock the size of a softball)
It was a very tender moment as Kaleb's brother Benjamin was to receive his honorary black belt on the same day as his big brother. Kaleb dedicated his test to him. Tears flowed and the hugs lasted a little bit longer.
It was an emotionally filled day, we were so proud of him.
Kaleb and Dashi
Kaleb with all of his "stuff" from the ceremony. If you watch the videos below, you'll see some of the stuff that he performed.