A mom’s delight.
Okay, I admit it, I am officially kvelling! My daughter has been invited to test for her brown belt in Aikido today!
We are all enormously proud of her achievement — not the least of which is because she has done so much of this on her own through a combination of hard work and true passion.
As with any martial discipline, it a lot takes courage to stand out on a mat and get pounded. In her case, she flies through the air, does break falls any WWF wrestler could be proud of, and can toss a grown person twice her size with ease. She’s also learned a thing or two about self-discipline, mental focus, and what happens when her “monkey mind” gets in the way.
What’s most impressive is she understands that in testing for her belt today, she’s not only taking a moment to acknowledge her efforts, but committing herself to further studies and the responsibilities that come with her new rank.
To all the parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents, or fabulous honorary aunties and uncs, do consider guiding the child in your care to studying a physical discipline such as boxing, aikido, or judo or any of the other recognized martial arts. Having watched my daughter and her friends over the past years has given me an appreciation for how much these kids gain from this sort of practice. It’s something I know I’ve written about before, but having observed the confidence and maturity these kids exhibit I can attest to the fact that these sorts of disciplines add an extra dimension to their growth and development that should serve them over the course of their lives.
So, congratulations to our fabulous girl and all her friends who are testing today — all of you deserve rounds of applause and a minimum of two scoops of your favorite ice cream a piece!