Hello friends of HIVE, since the pandemic started in 2020, with a 3 year old daughter (at that time) in confinement it was a big challenge for both of us. I had to manage to keep us entertained, we did many things together, from movie shorts, creative photos, costumes, games, jokes, I can say that 2020 for me was very entertaining despite the difficulties to tolerate each other and economic problems, but we managed to come out victorious (I don't know if so sane 🤣).
Luna is a very energetic child, nothing can tire her out, on the contrary, it seems that the activities stimulate her more and more and she doesn't want to stop, but her mommy does get tired 😅.
Last year when we started to go back to normality, to resume our daily routines, Luna suffered a change: first we no longer spent time together as she had been used to, as I had to get to work, secondly start classes, because of the pandemic she had not had much contact with other children but managed to adapt super fast as she loves meeting new people (and asking awkward questions 😅🤦🏻♀️) she loved school, she loves to attend but it was only two days a week of classes as prevention measures dictated by the educational zone, so it wasn't enough to calm Luna's eagerness to learn, play and just be her in all her splendor; It occurred to me to put her in some extracurricular class in the afternoons, I just couldn't decide which one could work according to her needs, I went to the sports center of my city to investigate what activities were in operation that Luna could like and encourage her to practice, I was already going with the mentality maybe to put her in dance, it could work to consume so much accumulated energy wanting to go out 😅, to my surprise there were only karate and wrestling classes, dance was suspended due to lack of teachers.
I thought, wrestling did not convince me much, but instead karate caught my attention a little bit, so we both went to watch a class and notice her expression. I watched the class and watched Luna, her expression was amazed and she said these words to me: "mommy they are learning to be super heroes" Hahaha obviously I played along, I told her:" yes daughter they are practicing to be super heroes" her little eyes lit up, I immediately understood that I should try it, so I enrolled her, she is 4 years old.
In September of last year I started this journey through the world of martial arts with such a little girl, I must say that it has been satisfactory for both of us, we have learned a lot and we have had fun, especially a new Luna has grown at this stage, she has been challenged, and taken out of her comfort zone not to mention that physically the exercise has helped her a lot. I recommend karate for your children, it helps them physically and emotionally to be balanced. But I didn't always think so, I'll tell you:
At the beginning it was a hard task for her Senpai (older student), who is in charge of teaching the initial learning techniques, Luna with so much accumulated energy and because of her young age did not maintain a continuous concentration, so it was a hard start, no matter how much they repeated the technique over and over again, she could not do it as she should. For my part I must admit that as the days went by I was thinking that maybe it was not a suitable activity for her, I was about to give up, give up and try another activity. But before making any decision I went to talk to the Sensei (Master) of the Dojo (gym), explaining to him that I did not see Luna very focused, it seemed that she was bored, that maybe it was not the right activity for her, he replied: "Constancy makes the master, don't take her out, Luna if she has advanced enough for her young age, she knows how to salute (bow to her Senpai and her Sensei) she remembers the names of the techniques even if she doesn't do them correctly, little by little she will be coupling, the real challenge is for parents to be constant and believe in their children no matter how long they take to learn, each child is different and they learn differently, don't take her out and believe me that at the end of the first cycle of the course you will see excellent results. "
Her words reached my conscience and she was very right, we must be constant if we have started something and work hard to achieve the desired results, so from that day on, I made it a point every day to take her to her classes, whether I could or not, I always managed to find the time, even the transportation to take her and not miss a single class and I could notice great progress in Luna and see how much fun she was having, She made great friends and won the love of everyone in the Dojo, that although it is a martial arts sport, which includes fighting with her classmates using the techniques learned, at the end of each KUMITE (fight) she would run to hug her opponent and you could hear the echo of the other parents touched by this act of affection and compassion.
This is just the beginning of a wonderful journey of learning...