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, andContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 22”

The Karate Dad – Episodes 20 and 21

This post has two episodes since both lessons were rather uneventful and frustrating at the same time.  I had to really work hard to figure out a silver lining in each lesson so my assessments may be a bit of a stretch. Episode 20 In this lesson, I decided to take a step back from tryingContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episodes 20 and 21”

The Karate Dad – Episode 19

Blocking seems to be a 21-month-old Anders’ nemesis.  It is the last thing I need him to get down before we can review everything and move to the next level of training.  So far, we have tried the following: Me moving his arms for him.  He allowed me to do this several months ago but not any longer.Continue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 19”

The Karate Dad – Episode 18

Ever since our last lesson, 20-month-old Anders has been a kicking machine.  Kicking pad, the air, and yes, even boards.  In this lesson, I had Anders work on targeting the kicks instead of just kicking the air or a giant kick shield. Even though Anders is a strong toddler, he does not have the power to breakContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 18”

The Karate Dad – Episode 17

Finally!  After several weeks of trying, I finally got Anders to practice his kicks.  At almost 20 months old he can only do one kick, but it’s a start.  Lifting his leg, balancing on the other, and hitting a target with his foot are great progress. One thing that I feel helped was I changed the time weContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 17”

The Karate Dad – Episode 16

Here we go again.  It feels like Déjà vu.  I once again had a plan for class that had to get scrapped due to the terrible (almost) twos. The lesson started off great with a cheerful Anders wearing his uniform and saying hi to himself on camera. He is pretty vain, like all young kids.  We may have aContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 16”

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. At 19 months old, Anders and I haveContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 15”

The Karate Dad – Episode 14

This episode almost did not happen!  Getting his uniform on was a bit of a struggle.  He wasn’t crying or being fussy, he was just running around laughing, wanting me to chase him.  Anders has actually been doing this when trying to get on other clothes, coats, shoes, diapers, etc.  It must be a phase he’s going through.  I guessContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 14”

The Karate Dad – Episode 13

It is our first official class of 2021!  At 18 months old, my little man Anders is growing and learning so fast.  We did some mini lessons at home over the holidays so I thought I would test him out at the studio. It took a little longer to get in an official class since our lastContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episode 13”

The Karate Dad – Episodes 10, 11, and 12

Three episodes in one!  At around 13 months old, Anders has a busy couple of classes including beating up daddy, earning his first stripe, and breaking his first board. Episode 10 This episode occurred after our class, which is why we are in street clothes.  The lesson itself was uneventful.  After class, however, was anything but uneventful.  A superContinue reading “The Karate Dad – Episodes 10, 11, and 12”