I sense a theme of crying here, but it can’t be helped, the natural result of heart strings being tugged.  Last night when I was watching some of the girls rehearsing a karate demo (let me just say this demo has been being rehearsed for weeks – I was really just watching), they wanted me to help with their self defense section.  As I watched, one of the girls, Shavana, came over to me and said, “Sister, you teach me this?” and then proceeded to show me a wrist grab escape, not part of the demo, but just to show me she remembered.  Something I had taught her from 18 months ago.  I mean, my jaw just dropped.  This is why I came.  This is why I’m doing this.


  1. Sandykins said,

    April 7, 2012 at 12:31 am

    Sister, you keep on showing them. Sniffle, sniffle.

    Miss you, Happy Easter.


  2. Shannon said,

    April 7, 2012 at 3:47 am

    That is amazing, Belle! I’m glad you made such an impact last time, and it is wonderful that you get to see (and train!) them again!

    Good luck, and I can’t wait to hear more about your adventures!


  3. Belle said,

    April 9, 2012 at 3:37 am


  4. Belle said,

    April 9, 2012 at 3:38 am

    Will do. Hoping to get to Babuan soon. Happy Easter to you too!

  5. andy cottrell said,

    April 9, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    You’d have to be pretty ‘tough-hearted’ to not have your chest tighten a little over the wrist grab defence story. Mail you a hug…MUAH!

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