Mark Terry

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

A few misc. photos

May 18, 2010
From Saturday. Somebody shot the photos because, frankly, none of us brought a camera or expected this to happen.

Me, with Master Ben Wolbert, receiving the application for sho-dan (black belt).

Top right. Leanne, with Master Ben Wolbert, receiving her promotion from third-degree brown belt to second-degree brown belt. Totally unexpected because her last promotion was in December, so she moved pretty quickly at this level.

Bottom. Ian, with Master Ben Wolbert, also receiving his promotion application for sho-dan.

Ian and I have a fair amount of paperwork to do, filling out questions, getting a couple senseis and Master Wolbert to write letters, then we submit and probably wait. I suspect Ian will get his promotion when he goes to Dragon Camp this summer (although, who knows). In the past all black belt promotions were at events where Chief Grand Master Dearman was present, but the numbers of promotions have made that difficult, if not impossible. But I believe it still requires either a District Master (Master Wolbert, in my case) or one of the Chief Instructors, so mine may require a little more time for all of us to be in the right place and time together. I'll just keep on doing what I'm doing and eventually...


Blogger Erica Orloff said...

WOW!!!! Very cool, Mark. Congrats. :-)

9:52 AM  
Blogger Eric said...

Congratulations! I'm taking it that your actually receiving the black belt is now just a matter of going through formalities?

11:20 AM  
Blogger Mark Terry said...

Erica, thanks.

Eric, hmmm. Well, I have known some people who got their application form but didn't actually get their belt for a year. Whether that was because the application form means you're eligible and they're still evaluating you or because there were issues connecting, I'm not 100% sure. I don't take the application form as meaning it's a 100% given that I'll get it right away. Our style doesn't have a formal testing format like some styles (like Tae Kwon Do) has, but there are criteria the Masters are looking for.

12:20 PM  
Blogger Jude Hardin said...

That's great, Mark. Congrats!

5:26 AM  

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