Look How Far We’ve Come

The boys have been asking for some time to join Karate.  They love watching Kung Fu Panda and Karate Kid.  Beyond that they were thrilled at the prospect of learning to fight.

Eli received a Valentine at school that allowed for a month of free Karate at a locally owned place.  We decided to check it out.

We spent some time before our visit letting the boys know that Karate is not about fighting.  We talked about respect and self-defense.

The day arrived for us to take a tour.  This place is amazing!  The sensei wanted the boys to come at a time when no other children were there so that he could talk to them about Karate and actually have a short lesson with them.  Only after that were we to decide if we wanted them to take the lessons.  AND, they decided to give both boys lessons for free off the one Valentine.  We were truly impressed.

The boys were excited to do Karate with the sensei on their first visit.  We were excited to hear him talk to them about why they were there and what Karate meant.  We were also excited to hear them tell him that they knew Karate wasn’t for fighting.  They do listen to some things!

Official lessons started this week.

It has been fun to watch them learn moves with all of the other children.  It’s fun to watch them listen and follow directions.  It’s been fun to see Eli’s progress.

Eli, and all of the other children, is confined to a small piece of tape on the mat.  By small, I’m talking 2″ by 1″.  A little piece of red tape.  The color of the tape alone is a challenge for him as he is red/green color deficient.  But, he knows where the tape is.  He stays on that piece of tape, looks at the sensei and follows the directions.

Class is 30 minutes long.  He listens and follows directions for 30 minutes.  He participates in a group of about 16 children and does well with it.  He properly mimics the moves that the sensei is doing (guess all that Just Dance on the Wii is paying off!).

Just watching all of this almost brought me to tears.  I was so proud of both of my boys.  I could see the progress that Eli has made since he started OT and school and cognitive therapy.  If Karate was one thing Eli wanted to stick with I would hunt down the money if I didn’t have it.  He’s good at it.  It seems to center him.  It seems to be the thing he was seeking.

Tonight I watched my little boy and recalled how he was overwhelmed being on a soccer field with 10 other children and had to just sit because he didn’t know what else to do.  How he enjoyed playing t-ball because he didn’t have to be near other children but couldn’t focus for the time requirements of the game.  How he was anxious to start anything new but somehow found nothing but joy in starting this new activity.

My little boys is growing and changing.  He continues to struggle in those areas that are hardest for him.  But he is beginning to find happiness and a sense of peace in his daily life.


About Brotherly Love

I am a mom, partner, teacher and a lover of life. I have two fabulous boys who define my life as I know it. One of my children has been diagnosed with a sensory processing disorder, Asperger's and anxiety disorder. I blog as much about him as I do about my life and the lives of my immediate family.
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4 Responses to Look How Far We’ve Come

  1. BeccaC says:

    If it’s Sylvania Family Karate, we really loved them. Max went there for close to a year. We recently stopped because there was so much else going on that it got to be too stressful to add that cross-town commute in at the end of the day, but Max really loved Sensei Randy and the whole group. It helped his confidence a lot. Hopefully we’ll pick it up again sometime in the future.


  2. Debbi Henry says:

    Yeah!!! We LOVE karate! I love the respect and self discipline it teaches. Caleb’s teacher used to have them do some meditation, to find their center, before class. Caleb has taken it for years, but his teacher left the area. We are looking into starting it at a different place, but haven’t made the choice yet. It is really hard to think of karate with a different teacher since we were with the first one for so long, and we learned so much from him.
    I think your boys will love it! I can’t wait to hear more about it!!

  3. Elastamom says:

    Karate seems like it will be perfect for both of them. How great!!! I did karate for four years and absolutely loved it!

  4. What a wonderful report! And think how much safer you’ll feel with all that muscle around.

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