"Eva just tested for her third stripe and permission to try for her Blue belt this weekend. I have to tell you -- it wasn't looking good. In all it was OKAY, but there were wobbles and forgotten bits and such.
Master Jd Rifkin asked Josh and I to stay after her class for a bit, then called Eva up to the front of the following class -- the advanced class -- and told them that their job was to keep her from earning the last stripe. He then told her that she could only get her stripe if she out-performed the class.
Suddenly my little girl was on fire. She nailed that form to the wall with strength, determination and just... fire. She got that third stripe and is testing this weekend. I was literally shaking my head at how well Master Rifkin knows how to bring out her best. That performance just floored both Josh and me.
Once again, I find myself thanking Master Rifkin for the wonderful job he is doing with her. We are blessed."