Saturday, January 8, 2011

Audrey Enters the Octagon

Is that what they call it?  I don't flippin' know.  I took Audrey to try out a martial arts class last week.  All week long, I kept calling it a karate class, which I'm sure is some sort of faux pas.  Audrey thought it was hilarious to pronounce it like "kah-rayt", which is sort of weird when you think about it because I never put it in writing for her.

Karate, judo, jui-jitsu, taekwondo, kickboxing, kung-fu fighting...it's all the same, right?  Somewhere someone who's really into this stuff just popped a vein and assumed their fighting stance.

I know nothing about martial arts.  Big Daddy did a post about Mixed Martial Arts (MMA, don't you know) and the commenters were all naming names and talking about flying roundhouses and did you see that guy kick the crap out of that guy.  Huh?  The only name that I recognized was Chuck Liddell, and that's because he was on  Dancing With The Stars.  He was a crap dancer.  Why would I want to see him fight if he can't even execute a proper fleckerl in the Viennese waltz?  :: nerd snort ::   OK, I guess we all have our guilty pleasures.

Anyway, check out Audrey's form...



...yeah, she's about as forceful as a light breeze.

At the end of the class, all of the kids got some kind of notch on their belt, but we had promised Audrey that she would get a treat if she made it through the class.  So when the teacher went down the line and did his little belt ritual, she was ready to cut to the cookie.  If you turn the volume WAY up, you can almost hear her...



I don't know...blowing off the master teacher for a Peppermint Joe-Joe could be considered an ancient sign of disrespect.

This was a free trial class, and I'm still pondering whether or not to sign her up.  I'm not sure that harnessing all of that fearsome aggression could come to any good.

27 comments:

  1. the first video is so sweet! she would be the exact opposite of my son. I would be very afraid for the master (?) because the kicking and body checking come quite naturally for him. I get an email everyday from his teacher about Kyran's kung fu abilities on his classmates, para and therapists. ahem.

    I don't know. I have heard really good things about martial arts for our kids. Audrey may benefit from it and actually want a belt instead of a jo-jo someday. or not.

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  2. I have thought about trying this with my son as well - I have heard so many good things about it. The being respectful part would be the biggest challenge right now, I think!

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  3. This has been something Corbin has been wanting to try, I really haven't even thought about signing Brian up.

    I can't even laugh at Audrey's video- as coordinated as I am, I think she could take me lol.

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  4. This is so great. I like the confidence building and discipline part of martial arts for kids.

    Did you tell the instructor anything about Audrey before the class? I'm always wondering how to approach these things.

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  5. Awwww! How sweet is that? She looks great!

    Here in the House That Asperger Built we're all Aspies and 3 out of 4 of us study karate. My son's been at it for 4 years and is a Jr. brown belt (almost black. I could go on and on, but I'll just say that it's been like supplemental OT, and given him confidence. It's also helped with his self discipline and regulation issues. He started at age 6. :-)

    Regardless of what you decide is best for Audrey, I think it's awesome that you exposed her to it, and I think she looked adorable!

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  6. She hits like a girl. Kind of balances out for her brute of a mom.

    I am so with Audrey. After every physical activity there should be a cookie reward. Belts shmelts. I want someone to hand me an Oreo everytime I make it off the couch.

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  7. I just want to hug her! She looks so like my little girl (who did kick boxing from the age of 3 to about 7). She fought like Audrey too! XXX

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  8. I LOVE that first video! That's so awesome. She's certainly a gentle soul.

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  9. For a little girl who takes such delight in berating Minnie Mouse and having her horse trample Barbie I expected a little more anger and rage than the world's gentlest punches and kicks ever recorded. She is the cutest girly fighter I have ever seen! It is quite obvious she has no brothers, as that technique would never have kept her alive this long. Martial arts might be good for her confidence and concentration...or at least provide you with a crap load of hilarious videos. Just keep the cookies coming!

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  10. That was too freakin' cute. Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Also, after reading his comment, you should definitely sign her up so you can sic her on Big Daddy--just an idea.

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  12. I love that she almost wasn't even going to punch or kick at all... so cute! Martial arts is such a great activity; did she say whether she liked it or not? Or maybe she liked it better because there was a cookie at the end?

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  13. Geez, I'd hate to see her try some of her routines out on some of the kids in school: "Hey look what I learned" and kick the crap out of some poor soul eating his sandwich.

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  14. I love your blogs! You always make me laugh. I took Alex to a free martial arts class when he was little and chose not to take him back again. He was more interested in the portable sound system (Of course he was--it had numbers on it!) than learning technique. I took taekwondo lessons for a year so that I would feel less intimidated when he had a meltdown since he eight inches taller than I am. He went to slug me once, and I put up an outside middle block (ask Big Daddy--he'll probably know), and Alex decided that taking swings at me wasn't a good idea anymore. It was worth every penny and every sore middle aged muscle to take those classes! ;)
    Take care,
    Pam

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  15. She did so much better than Owen!!

    He sat quivering my lap for two sessions. Never even stood up.

    Just as well. He'd have used his powers for evil and not good anyway.

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  16. If she liked it, I say do it! It should be some great OT, what with the joint compressions and all. And it will help w/ her coordination and confidence. She's awesome :)

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  17. @JennieB: In this case, they knew because it was run by Lauren's brother-in-law. But I generally always let people know in these types of classes.

    @Bethany: You are so right! Maybe we just need to tape a pic of Minnie on that shield thingy that she was supposed to pummel.

    @Apples: Yeah, I think I have incentive now. BD won't know what hit him.

    @cooperl788: You're right on the money...it was pretty much impossible to gauge her true interest when the cookie was involved.

    @Pam: Wow. I hadn't considered that I should be the one taking the class...you're a genius! Thanks for reading!

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  18. That's precious. It looks like they were very cute with her.

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  19. OMG watching that gave me childhood flashbacks. I could never do that imitative stuff. During tap dancing recitals I'd screw up the chorus lines and the other girls would get all pissy. Anyone else come to the realization that the person your kid got all this from is you or has that just happened to me?

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  20. it could work. as long as she likes it. i took tae kwon do myself throughout my younger years. i liked it. i signed up my kids once and the teacher was too strict so we dropped out.

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  21. I think you are awesome for taking her. I'm with Autism Mom Rising, it brings back childhood memories.

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  22. @Apples: I'm ready. Bring it on Audrey. Bring it.

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  23. I know nothing about karate or kung fu (except there was some kinda of panda involved?), but I flippin' love those videos. That could be your first "Kick Ass Clip of the Week." Okay, so I stole it from Talk Soup, but Audrey could totally work it. =)

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  24. @AMR: Oh, she totally gets it from me. I am completely uncoordinated and unathletic.

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  25. BUT, at least next year when those biotches in the hay maze run her over she can kick their arses.

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  26. I love your blog, I found it and promptly sent it to my mom. But yeah, this is so my little sister. Audrey and my sister Nelda would totally be besties- random dancing, making up songs, and of course the trip trap little run. (Not to mention quoting my little pony in high pitched squeak voices!)

    She is such a cutie! I guess I should continue my backwards reading to see what else she's gotten into since January!

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  27. @MandaRoo: Thanks for taking the time to read the archives! And thanks for passing along to your mom!

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