2015 has been an exciting year around the Helen household with a big birthday, wedding, and martial arts promotion. It has been one adreneline rush, then crash, right after the other since May. I think my adrenals need a rest.
Mr. Helen tested for and was awarded his Fourth Degree Black Belt last weekend. As when I tested it was separated into three two-hour segments. After the second segment, one of the mothers of another testing student came to me and said, "Tell him I am going to tape him for the last segment, I wish I'd thought of it earlier." (She's a physical therapist.) He had taped himself but after all the sprints, running, etc. he was starting to limp. She did a great job! She recommended we change the tape as in her opinion, KT tape is crap. I have to admit, the tape she used is still on his legs and we're on day 3 now. So we've ordered the new stuff: RockTape. If you look closely at that photo you can still see a mark on his left knee (right in the photo) where the surgeon inserted the instrument to repair his meniscus. Not to mention he's had surgery on both knees and two on that left knee. Plus he strained his calf doing sprints about two weeks ago. He needs all the tape he can get right now!
A lot of people don't realize that to get an advanced belt requires a lot of year-round training. In this case, 14 years!! It really is quite the accomplishment and I'm proud of him. Now I'm hoping he'll take it easy for a bit and let his body heal. But you know he went right back to karate class last night.