The Karate Dad – Episode 15

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.  No, I am not writing a book report on the Charles Dickens classic, “A Tale of Two Cities”.  When thinking about how to best describe Anders’ latest lesson, that phrase just comes to mind.  You will see why.

This lesson was like the opening line in A Tale of Two Cities

At 19 months old, Anders and I have now had about 15 lessons or so.  Probably a few more than that since I don’t record all of our lessons.  We have done a lot over the last 4-5 months with generally good success.

Because of how much we have done and how well he has been doing, I thought it would be a good idea to do a little review.  Just to refresh your memory, here are the technical things we have done:

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  • Class procedures (bow in/out)
  • Warmups
  • Punches
  • Blocks
  • Self-Defense Grab #1
  • Kicks in the Air

We have done other drills, skills, and games but these are the technical things we have done.  Not too bad for a 1 ½ year old.

Going into the lesson, I thought it would be smooth sailing.  Boy was I wrong.  Anders had other plans.  I couldn’t get him to do anything.  He wasn’t fussy or crying, he would just run away from me giggling.  I tried to review all the items I listed above with no success.  This went on for about 15 minutes…the worst of times.

Call it perseverance or stubbornness, I was determined to get something productive to happen.  I dug deep into my instructor toolbox and decided to work on some balance drills using kick shields.  The various pads are squishy and vary in size/firmness.  Walking on these helps with balance.

Success!  Anders did not want to stop walking on them.  My ability to stick with it and find a solution made me feel great as an instructor…the best of times.

And to top it off, I got Anders to bow on his own for the first time!  Well, sort of.

Anders learns better balance in Episode 15

For more background on my purpose and philosophy in training Anders, check this post out.

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Want to do this activity at home?  Use these pads.

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