Monday, March 21, 2011

Yellow Belt

So, Karate. Squeaker has been taking karate lessons since the beginning of the year. Some of our reasons for putting him in karate were to develop:

  • strength (to sit in a chair for longer than 30 seconds)
  • balance (to not fall out of said chair each time he sits down)
  • discipline (to follow through with a task)
  • attention (to follow directions)
  • individuality (to do something that his brother is NOT)
  • body awareness (to move where he intends to move without knocking stuff over)
  • coordination (to move without falling over, period.)

We are now mid-March... 2.5 months into it, and the yellow belt testing was this evening.

The whole thing was about 45 min. They had to do a variety of things, including what you just saw above. In addition, there was a great deal of strikes, kicks, balancing, pushups, and kiai-ing. In the end, here is what I have learned:

  • He is such a cutie patootie in his little karate uniform!
  • He is a very hard worker when someone else is yelling at him!
  • He does best in a 1:1 environment, no doubt.
  • But, he CAN pull it together when he is having a hard time, with big tears running down his cheek, and finish up his task accurately.
  • He has improved on overall balance, strength, and coordination.
  • He still has trouble following auditory directions in a visually busy environment.
  • He makes the funniest "mean" face.
  • He makes his parents the proudest parents EVER!

It was quite a site to see this 4 year old with two older boys (perhaps 9 and 11) and an older girl (perhaps 7) all lined up doing the same thing. He did a fantastic job, better than I ever could have imagined and I hope he knows what a great job he did. Something tells me he does:


Melissa Haworth said...

Yay for him!! He'll have to show us his moves in april

Anonymous said...

His Auntie Em is EXTREMELY proud of him too!