Jun 25, 2013

Blue belts in the hou-oooooose!

When Nathaniel and Nick started Aiki-Judo in March of last year, I didn't know how long they'd stick with it.

They'd never participated in any year-round sports before ... soccer and baseball were both seasonal, so doing something twice a week, 52 weeks in a row was bound to be a big adjustment.

In March of 2012, I wondered if we'd still be training at the dojo in six months.

Six months came and went, and I wondered if we'd still be there after a year.

A year came and went, and the boys were still going strong.

They've now been attending class for 15 months, and they haven't taken a break except for Spring Breaks and Christmas (when the dojo is closed), and our family vacations.

They've progressed from white to gold to orange to green to blue belts in those 15 months.

They just earned their blue belts last week, and last night was their first full class as official blue belts.

And since they each earned straight As in school this year, they get the added bonus of a red stripe on their belts.

I'm so proud of them for sticking with their training, and I'm even prouder of them for staying committed to their school work at the same time, working really hard on both.

I don't know if any of you have been considering some form of martial arts for your kids and have found yourself "on the fence," but I can tell you unequivocally that it's been great for our boys. (And the parents of all the boys AND girls in our class echo my sentiments.) It's not a cure-all for disobedience, laziness, sassiness, lack of focus, poor performance in school, or anything else ... but it's a good foundation upon which you as parents can build.

And now, onward toward purple!

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