Friday, March 18, 2011

Karate Kids

I can't believe I'm going to disclose this, but not disclosing it is giving power to someone and something that doesn't deserve power (over me, that is), so I'm going to let the cat out of the bag...

All of a sudden, out of the blue, and against my initial reservations, The 4 B's are all about karate. Yes, KARATE! I've personally never been a fan of it, but something really cool happened back in February, and now I love karate and everything it stands for.

So do you want to know what happened back in February? Well, my bestie, Little Mama, told me about a karate class they were having at Coburg Elementary every Monday afternoon, and the fee for the class was dirt cheap. And so I immediately signed Britt up, and now he and his cousin Griffin (Little Mama's son) are in the class together. They absolutely LOVE that class! They look so cute with their little "white belts" on...! This is the first sport, other than football, that I've really seen Britt take an interest in. When we ask him to show us a karate move, he lights up like a shining star (which he is, you know).

One day after school, this week, he was showing Brailey some karate moves. He was was her "sensei," which means "teacher." The reason he was teaching her his "moves" is because she is writing a script for a movie or a play, based on the Karate Kid movies. Because she has cast herself as the Karate Kid, she needed some guidance in how to portray the character correctly. Britt was thrilled to lend his expertise, and I was amazed to hear and see all that he has learned. My son is a good student! And he is also a good teacher - not only did he show her how to do the moves, he praised her when she did them correctly and gently corrected her when she did them wrong. I wish I would have filmed the entire thing, because it was one of those precious afternoons full of sibling magic.

Since I'm making deep confessions, here, I'll share one more. A few Saturdays ago we did something we've never done before. We watched all three Karate Kid movies in a row! They were on HBO, which we have for free, right now, and we were so taken with the first one, and then the second, that we had to watch the third. And after the third one was over, we went to mass, and then we went to our favorite Chinese restaurant for dinner, and then we rented the NEW Karate Kid with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and we watched it when we got home. Yes, FOUR Karate Kid movies, in chronological order, all in one day! And actually, we were able to catch The New Karate Kid movie a couple of weekends later (the one with the girl), so we've seen all of them! I am so in love with "Mr. Miyagi..." It breaks my heart that he died so young - he was only 73. Us B's have never done anything like this before - Brady and I have a hard time "taking it easy." But it was really fun for all four of us, and we learned so much about life and the heart and soul of karate.

The reason I haven't ever been pro-karate is because Brady's ex-wife is into it. When I first met Brady, she was a karate instructor. So, for all the reasons you can imagine and probably even more, I didn't really want my family to be "into" karate. That was before I realized how amazing and wonderful it is, though, and the fact of the matter is, Brady's ex-wife doesn't "own" karate. And with that, I think it is safe to say I have let go of that ridiculous notion, and now us B's are benefiting because of it.

All this being said, we are really, really, really lucky they are having this class at Coburg Elementary at such an amazing price. If it weren't for that, I doubt if we would have taken that leap of faith into the sport. I told Britt he needs to tell his Aunti Kim "thank you" every time he sees her for letting us know about the class. If it weren't for her, we would still be clueless about this wonderful sport, and we wouldn't have experienced that special Saturday full of Karate Kid movies.

I'll let you know how Brailey's "movie script" turns out, and when Britt gets his karate uniform, you know I will post a picture of him in it. For the record, he told me the other night he knows what he wants to be when he grows up, now. "A Karate Teacher!" Brady told him he can use our shop for his dojo...


  1. no way...Karate is the their sport now!!!! They are the cutest little guys in there..they try so hard!!! The balancing, the discipline and the stretching is so good for them!

  2. I have missed your blogs for a few days...
    So cool that Britt is enjoying Karate so much, awesome!! and I agree to above, its ALL good for them!!
    And you got to go out of town & see your favorite Author...too Funny, I have "My sister's Keeper" sitting right here on the floor next to my chair...I finished it about 4 months ago, got the book from Mariss...this is the only book of hers I have read, but I know Mariss really enjoys her writings...
    Hope all is well....take care!

  3. my brother just loved karate - he would say "hee haw" instead of "keeyaw" or whatever they say when they kick or strike - it is good for little B's and J's!! Balance, discipline and confidence. all good! I can't wait for pics... hugs, nicoley


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