What I think about when you do karate

February 19, 2016

Dear Max

This year you started karate and let’s just say that if there was one thing you’d hate us to take away if you were naughty (which you aren’t), this would be it. I think you’d sooner give up Minecraft, sushi and Animal Planet than karate classes twice a week.

It’s one of my best things watching you – I learn so much about you physically and mentally, and it’s interesting seeing how you approach movement, rules and learning new things. I haven’t really had a chance to witness anything like this at school, so this is something special.

When I watch you, here’s what I think about:

  • How karate is a great martial arts, based on discipline and respect
  • How karate is an equaliser – there are teens with black belts, and there are men in their 40s learning moves with you in their white belts. There doesn’t seem to be any ego or issues around this.
  • How hard working you are – there are no short cuts with you when it comes to sit ups and push ups. You would rather finish last and do all your reps properly, than rush through them, like many other students, old and young.
  • How seriously you take it all: from making sure you gi is tied correctly, to learning Japanese counting early, to getting there on time
  • How when you find something you love, you see it through with commitment and love – no one can force you Max to love and excel at things that you don’t feel already
  • How cute you are when you tell me you’ll protect me from the baddies with your karate chops
  • How I wish I had something that I saw through properly when I was younger. I don’t think it mattered then, but I wonder how things would have gone if I didn’t quit things when I wasn’t brilliant at them
  • How proud I am of you for your hard work and diligence

Thanks for letting me watch,

Aishite imasu (“I love you”, in Japanese),




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  • cat@jugglingact

    I always say that there are so many more reasons why kids do, say a sport, or say karate. It’s not just about studying karate, it’s about these life lessons you mention above. Well done Max!

    February 19, 2016 at 12:02 pm Reply
  • Cassey

    Soon Max will be saying arigato for the lessons 🙂

    February 19, 2016 at 3:12 pm Reply
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