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…But I still signed my daughter up for lessons.
When I mentioned the title of this post to my mother in law and husband the other night, of course not telling them it was a title, they laughed hysterically. The sad part of this is that it’s true! Most of my experiences with Martial Arts comes from a deep-rooted love of the movie The Karate Kid. Not so much the sequels, but the original is probably what brought Karate to the masses in the 1980’s.
Mr. Miyagi, for those of you who don’t know the series, is the old man that teaches “Danielson” the magic and technique of Karate by doing mundane household chores.
“Wax on Wax off” anyone?
It’s a classic 1980’s good vs. evil/bullying movie that I’m sure is ONLY THE SECOND REASON we know Ralph Machio’s name. There’s another little movie called The Outsiders that he famously plays in, but this is his more famous hero movie.
Truthfully, I’m not sure what I’m getting into, but because the local Football League Cheer-leading teams want your arm and your leg and your next born child to participate. Swim lessons don’t start for another few weeks. Not sure how it happened, but Bootsie landed on Karate with a large chopping motion. I don’t know how the same girl that loves My Little Pony can love Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but she does.
Taekwondo is a Korean martial art, characterized by its emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping and spinning kicks, and fast kicking techniques.
Taekwondo was developed during the 1940’s and 1950’s by various martial artists by incorporating elements of Karate and Chinese Martial Arts with indigenous Korean martial arts traditions such as Taekkyeon, Subak, and Gwonbeop. The oldest governing body for taekwondo is the Korea Taekwondo Association (KTA), formed in 1959 through a collaborative effort by representatives from the nine original kwans, or martial arts schools, in Korea. The main international organizational bodies for taekwondo today are the International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF), founded by Choi Hong Hi in 1966, and the partnership of the Kukkiwon and World Taekwondo Federation (WTF), founded in 1972 and 1973 respectively by the Korea Taekwondo Association. Gyeorugi , a type of full-contact sparring, has been an Olympic event since 2000. The body known for taekwondo in the Olympics is the World Taekwondo Federation.
Tuesday night we have our first intro to the dojo/gym.
They give the kids a 15 minute workout to see if they like it, before taking your hard earned money. Then there is an 8 week trial period to see if the kids take to it. It’s actually a pretty good deal. I try to keep our lessons or activities to around 10 dollars and hour and part of the deal is that you get the gi and the belt as part of this promotion they are running. It seems like a good value for the amount of money you pay.
The place is just down the street from our house and has Tae Kwon Do lessons for kids and adults. They also show on their logo that they do Muay Thai Fighting as well so I’m pretty sure that this is a legit place to train.
Worst case scenario Bootsie does it for a few weeks. Side effects will be getting some exercise and getting it all out of her system.
Stay tuned for more on this subject with of course pictures on my Instagram account @iamzoewatson. This may or may not become a series of posts!
Are your kids into Martial Arts? Please tell me I’m not the only one who knows nothing about Martial Arts but signed my kid up? What should I expect?