The Karate Dad – Episode 22

It has been some time since the last Karate Dad episode for a couple of reasons.  First, my studio and life are going through some significant transitions, and we are still trying to get used to a new routine.

In addition, Anders and I had an excellent lesson about 2 weeks ago.  He was attentive, focused, and was following my directions better than I have seen him do in quite a while.  He lasted a full 10 minutes before getting distracted.  This lesson will unfortunately never be seen.  When I went back to the camera, I noticed it was on picture mode instead of video.  I tried to do the lesson all over again, but Anders’ focus tank was on empty.  I’m sure when Anders is older, he will be able to help me with these technical difficulties.

A few weeks later I ensured the camera was on video and we had a good lesson.  Not as good as the lost lesson, but not too shabby none the less.

In this lesson we tackled an obstacle course.  The obstacle course consisted of different balance and coordination challenges such as stepping from pad to pad with different heights and sizes, over/under obstacles, and fast foot movements.

He was successfully able to go through all the obstacles with me guiding him.  I was trying to get him to go through the course from start to finish on his own but had no luck.  He was able to do that a few weeks ago during the “lost lesson”.  He was having a blast too.

I also tested him on his bowing in and out procedures.  He lines up when told to, sits down, stands up, bows (although not always in the correct direction), and raises his arm with a “Tang Soo”.  For accomplishing this feat, I awarded Anders his green stripe.  Only one more stripe to get, orange stripe for the elusive blocks, and he has all 6.

At the end of the class, we cleaned up together.  Anders helped as best he could although he needed to stop and play on the pads every once and a while.  This took a long time and wasn’t that interesting, so I cut it from the video.

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

Check out all previous episodes of The Karate Dad on our YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6sLE6rNJbME0vlcXXtYgNA

Published by masterelmore

I have been involved in martial arts for over 30 years. I own and operate a studio in Seattle. I am also a father to an awesome kid. My websites provide information, tips, and videos on parenting and martial arts.

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