Yeppers, B got some new hardware this weekend.
It was the fall Karate Tournament this weekend.
He competed with the 6 and 7 year old yellow belts.
To say he did amazing is putting it mildly.
I think back to when he started karate 2 years ago and I thought back to when he first started.
There was this flailing little kid who could barely put 2 moves together.
Coordination was so not there.
It was cute to watch him cause he really didn't have any clue what he was doing but had determination.
We have watched him progress into a little master on the court.
He really has his own style but ROCKS his style!!!
We watch him practice all the time at home.
And he practices a LOT, at least 3 times a day for his Kata.
A Kata is a series of moves that is put together quite nicely.
Every time he gets a new Kata I think, "he is never going to get this!"
They just look so stinking hard!
But he gets it.
He listens to his sensei, the senpei's and practices like crazy at home.
About 3 weeks ago his Sensei Dean told him he needs to get deeper into his stances.
Him getting deeper into them is what helped him kick it at the tournament!!
We are so proud of him.
He also got 4th in weapons sparring!!!!!
He had to fight 2 very tough kids, both much bigger than him and one a belt higher.
But this has brought on some really good discussions.
He is determined to pick the toughest kid in the dojo to practice points and weapon sparring with!
He knows that if he only fights the littler kids and those that are not as experienced he won't learn at the rate he wants to.
That is what he said!
I am really proud of him for finding a sport he loves and gives it so much!
I am really proud of him and all the hard work he puts into it!
I am really proud of him for seeing what he needs to do to improve and be willing to do it.
It's not always easy to fight the toughest kid in the class but he's willing to do it so he can get better!
As a mom, that makes me so proud of him, of who he is and all he does to better himself.
I love you B!