As I took in the green calming scenery, I found two baby sentinels had arrived - Mantids. No larger than your smallest fingernail. One was hunting prey by the string beans. The other was perched atop a Kale stalk patiently waiting for something much bigger than it to wander by.
After taking a few photos to try and capture these aspiring hunters, it was time to head to the Dojo, to train more hunters...Lions. Today was typical in regard to classes - Mantis Boxing: work on Cross Kick, Side Kick and applying them with some solid kicking principles. Jiu Jitsu: Americana subs, counters, sweeps and rolling. The atypical part of the day arrived at the end of each class when it was time to award a few individuals with a belt promotion to recognize the advancement in their skills.
It is an honor for a teacher to award a belt. To give your knowledge is fulfilling, but to see people work that knowledge and apply the recipe for success (effort, perseverance, discipline/blood, sweat, tears) is truly rewarding.
Today I was honored to give a few belts out to some deserving individuals:
Congrats to everyone today and thank you for the opportunity to share this with you.