The girl takes karate. I wish you could be there - a group of 4-8 year olds with a VERY serious Sensei. I don't know how he does it but he's got them eating out of the palm of his hand.
If I was in charge? They'd be hanging from the rafters immediately - the ones that weren't already running out into the street. That's me, the voice of authority with kids.
At the beginning of each week we parents get an email from Sensei telling us the focus of the training for that week. He always ends his emails with some inspirational saying. Or order. Depends upon how you look at it.
Sometimes it's a quote from Bruce Lee:
"I fear not the man who practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick, 10,000 times"
Here's another one:
"Everyday...do something that gets you a little closer to your goals"
Or this one:
"Keep away from those who belittle your ambitions"
I've been not only THINKING this lately but DOING it. You see, you may not know this but I'm letting you in on a little secret. I have thrown down the plank gauntlet with Winnipeg artist Kal Barteski.
We've got a little contest on, a challenge. Mano a mano a few thousand miles apart.
Who can hold a plank the longest? It's gotta be at least four minutes and it's gotta be by the end of June.
You know what a plank is, right? Parallel to the floor and propped up by your toes and forearms. Completely level. Hold it as long as you can.
Killer for the abs.
Ivan, my Croatian trainer has been working me hard on this at the gym. But don't let Kal's sweetness fool you, she's pretty keen too.
Who do YOU think is going to win?