Well I have been reminded. Recently I attended a Rock and Water course and have felt compelled ever since to put this knowledge into action. What did I learn? Well I didn’t learn too much that I didn’t already know, what I did learn was how to put all that at I have learnt over the years as a self defense student, a boxing student, a Krav Maga student, Monkeybar Australia gym member and HPE teacher. Finding your core both mentally and physically is the key and teaching kids how and why they need to do this is also important. Behaviour is a choice and this is a fantastic thing to teach kids.
So when practicing a few moves and showing my 10 year old daughter some of the games, I was shocked at how well she maintained her core and managed to flow with the moves I was making to try and get her off balance. Then I remembered her 6 months of Karate and asked her about it. Well she said, “I liked the punching and kicking and we learnt about balance but it was just so boring, always the same and Mum, it was just not fun and sport is supposed to be fun”. This is the same child that finds enjoyment in a 10km run and I felt sad that karate had lost a child that could have been awesome.
It made me wonder how many sports had lost kids because it wasn’t fun! Because it was always the same and boring. Come on people! Here we are competing nowadays with computer games for time, so if we are lucky enough to have kids want to engage in sport we have to make it just as engaging, interactive, provide opportunities to problem solve, give kids reason to want to practice a skill and opportunities to then use the skill in a game , give them opportunities to feel real success and above all to have fun.