This Has Nothing To Do With Books…

11 Jun

I interrupt this blog post to tell you some news…

The book review I had scheduled for today will be posted on Saturday now because I really wanted to tell you; yesterday, June 10th 2012, I tested for my junior black belt in Taekwon Do. I have been studying TKD for 5 years and I had to know EVERYTHING I have learned in the 5 years. Testing started at 9AM and ended at 2PM. It was a pretty hard day. Three other candidates and I were really put to the test.


We had to do all the patterns we’ve learned,


and all the self-defense techniques we learned.

We had to spar.

We had to show all the kicks and jumping kicks we learned.



In addition to all this, we also had to perform ten hours of community service, write a two page paper about what TKD means to us and perform a skit about TKD. 

We also had an oral test on the philosophy and meaning of all the patterns and belts in TKD. 

Well – the results are in –


Thank you to my instructors Miguel Montero, Jr., 5th Dan and Tiffany Montero, 3rd Dan of United Taekwon Do!

Now my training REALLY begins!

Also, Congratulations to Kaya, Connor, and Mr. G. who also got their black belt(s) yesterday! A special thanks to Josie (my little sister) and my Dad for helping me with my skit and my mom for helping me study!

59 Responses to “This Has Nothing To Do With Books…”

  1. D.M. Andrews (@AuthorDMAndrews) June 11, 2012 at 7:09 am #

    Well done, Erik!


  2. Mr. Laj June 11, 2012 at 7:22 am #

    Most awesome! A bow in your direction.


  3. Catherine Johnson June 11, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    That’s fantastic, Erik! Congratulations. There are a lot more things to do for it these days that isn’t even karate. How interesting. Love your pictures!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 7:29 am #

      Thanks Ms. Johnson! All the Martial Arts are good, even the ones you don’t study! 🙂


  4. ruthz621 June 11, 2012 at 7:47 am #

    Congratulations, getting your black belt is an amazing accomplishment.
    All the best,
    Ruth G. Zavitsanos


  5. Michelle Isenhoff June 11, 2012 at 7:48 am #

    You rock, Erik! I have to make sure my boys see this one. We have a new studio in town and my boys are both going to sign up for this in the fall.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 7:39 am #

      Thank you Mrs. Isenhoff! Tell them I said “Good luck!” I think T-man and M-man will like training!


  6. ontheplumtree June 11, 2012 at 8:05 am #

    Erik, you are an inspiration…setting a marvellous example. Well Done!


  7. Scott Harwick June 11, 2012 at 8:16 am #

    Congratulations Erik, a job well done! You stuck it, stayed the course and worked hard, you are now reaping the rewards. Way to go! Proud of you buddy!


  8. Angela Brown June 11, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    Three Cheers Erik! That is wonderful news. Practice and perseverance paid off!!


  9. Jarm Del Boccio June 11, 2012 at 8:24 am #

    Congrats, Erik! I’m sure you worked hard to earn it…keep it up!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 7:46 am #

      Thank you Ms. Del Boccio! I will keep training – as my instructor says, my training has just started! 😉


  10. Donna Martin June 11, 2012 at 8:34 am #

    Congrats, Erik! I know from personal experience how difficult and demanding black belt testings are…for both instructor and student. As a student, you want to do your best and receive that next belt. As an instructor, a student’s accomplishment at testing is a compliment to the student as well as the instructor who worked with that student for months…and sometimes years…in order to reach that level. How proud your instructors and parents must be of you…I know I am!

    Donna L Martin


  11. Uncle? June 11, 2012 at 9:17 am #

    Congratulations Eriik, You Dad better watch out now!


  12. swlothian June 11, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    Well done Erik.


  13. julie rowan zoch June 11, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Whoop, whoop, whoop it up for Erik! This is fantastic! How did you celebrate – a giant sized ice cream sundae? Congratulations – so happy for you! Bets news I’ve heard all week (even better than the Germans winning their first Eurocup match – and that means something!!!) Yipee!


    • Patricia Tilton June 11, 2012 at 10:00 am #

      Congratulations Erik! I’m really proud of you. Quite an accom;ishment. Great sport for learning focus. Love the pictures.


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 8:02 am #

        Thanks Ms. Tilton, that means a lot to me 🙂 My instructor is always telling us how the martial arts force you to think and train your mind as well as your body! Glad you like my pictures!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 8:00 am #

      Thanks for the whoops Ms. Zoch! We had a great banquet with all the black belts there. We didn’t have ice cream but there was cake! Yay for Germany! 🙂


      • julie rowan zoch June 12, 2012 at 9:51 am #

        I hope you are as proud of yourself and your friends as you should be, but what am I saying, YOU are this kid who reviews books!


      • thiskidreviewsbooks June 13, 2012 at 7:58 am #



  14. Beth Stilborn June 11, 2012 at 10:09 am #

    AWESOME news, Erik! Congratulations! What a lot you have to be able to do in order to get your black belt. I had no idea. Celebrating with you!


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      Thank you Ms. Stilborn! It is a really hard test to do. We had to run for 10 minutes and if we stopped, we failed! I also did about 300 jumping jacks and 100 push-ups and that was just the first half hour! *deep breath* PLUS having to remember all of that stuff I was doing in the pictures! 🙂


  15. timothydavis229 June 11, 2012 at 11:09 am #

    Erik, you are a nice boy, nice boy. You wouldn’t use TWD against me, would you? I hope you wrote that in your paper. 😉 Congratulations! That was some grueling test they put you through! Congratulations again, and best of fortune as you continue! 😀


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 8:09 am #

      Thank you Mr. Davis! -hee hee- Our instructor teaches us, self-control, self-defense and respect. 😉


  16. Anonymous June 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm #

    Wow what a fantastic thing to accomplish! We know you will accomplish more great things in the future! Katherine and Kathleen Taylor


  17. Kirsten Larson June 11, 2012 at 5:12 pm #

    Congratulations, Erik. Thanks for the reminder that all good things require hard work and patience. Oh, and lots of practice.


    • thiskidreviewsbooks June 12, 2012 at 8:16 am #

      Thanks Ms. Larson! It was a LOT of hard work (I’m still tired from the test!), but very worth it!


  18. Joanna June 12, 2012 at 7:36 am #

    So glad you shared with us. This is a huge and fantastic achievement. You must feel so proud. Woot!


  19. Lori Degman (@LoriDegman) June 12, 2012 at 9:51 am #

    Congrats, Erik, on all your hard work!!


  20. Caroline June 12, 2012 at 1:10 pm #

    That’s great the you put that dedication and work! Congrats on getting your black belt!


  21. cookiejarprincess June 12, 2012 at 11:17 pm #

    Congratulations Erik! I’m so proud of you!


  22. Susanna Leonard Hill June 13, 2012 at 10:30 am #

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment! That is really something to be proud of 🙂


  23. Hannah Holt June 15, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    Hey, hey, hey! Congratulations! I am very impressed. Great job!


  24. Lynn A. Davidson June 17, 2012 at 9:44 pm #

    Eric, you just keep making me proud of you. 🙂 That was such a hard day for you, big congratulations and hugs on earning your black belt.


  25. Darlene June 17, 2012 at 10:43 pm #

    Congratulations Erik! I am behind in my emails and just saw this. You certainly to follow your dreams and achieve your goals!


  26. Myra GB July 10, 2012 at 8:37 pm #

    One of my favorite posts by far. Well-earned Erik and Congratulations to you!!! I’m so thrilled to see your photos. You must be very happy. On to the next level! 🙂


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