Karate is contagious!

18 May

Our house has become very safe over the last month or so, thanks to these 3 karate kids! Léa and Matty follow in the steps of Killian. Matty with his I-don’t-really-mind attitude is decidedly the most chilled out karate person I know. Léa listens attentively and tried her hardest to look the part. Mmmh, she makes me think of the prayer mantis character in Kung-Fu Panda, with her long dangling body.

But they are all super motivated (Matty in his own way), they love it, they sweat at it (Matt comes at the end of each lesson and tells me “Look Mama, I’m nearly sweating!’). Léa is practicing practicing practicing. She is in the same class as Killian (white, yellow and orange belts are together) and wants to feel that she is good enough.

I love the structure of karate, the discipline it requires, the respect of others and the way the gradings are organized. If you work hard, whether you look good or not, you will move on to the next belt (well, in the early stages at least) which is great for young kids. It helps them to stay motivated and to know that they can do it. No doubt, Killian looks much better than Léa, but to a certain extent, it’s irrelevant.

Here they are, taking their role very seriously! Killian not flinching (apart from the oh-look!-a-butterfly moment), Léa trying to look fierce, and Matt and his cooler-than-cool attitude. Aren’t they cute!!!

The only downside is the washing. Lots of white, white and white!!

6 Responses to “Karate is contagious!”

  1. Jay Killeen May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am #

    My favourite quote about kid’s practice karate is “With structure and training even the small can project greatness”. A kid doing karate is like a bonsai that looks like a great oak that is hundreds of years old. They get such a great start in life and the boost to their confidence will help them for years to come. Arigato for your story 🙂 Enjoy!

    • Ingrid May 24, 2012 at 12:34 pm #

      Hello Jay! Thank you for reading the post on karate and for your encouragement. My kids are in awe of the black belts people. It instills such respect, I love it 🙂

      • Jay Killeen June 5, 2012 at 2:49 am #

        That is great! A lot of our little ninjas in our classes are completely petrified because I am a black belt hehe, despite trying to be as friendly as possible 🙂 I hope they enjoy it for years to come.

  2. Cindy May 21, 2012 at 10:02 am #

    That’s so cute – I love how Matty looks so chilled about the whole thing.

    • Ingrid May 21, 2012 at 2:50 pm #

      Matty takes chill to the next level!! 🙂

  3. craigandkerry May 19, 2012 at 11:30 am #

    That is halarious! I can see the super concentration 🙂 Very very cute.

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