The boys got to take part in their first karate tournament today. Our karate school partnered with three other schools in the other to put together this family friendly tournament. It was a neat way for the kids to meet other students across the area and see different nuances and styles between the dojos and instructors. The kids got to participate in performing their kata, flag sparring, grappling, and point sparring - and could do as many as they wanted. Our boys haven't been "trained" in flag sparring or grappling although they have done it in their classes from time to time. Jacob jumped at the chance and wanted to do everything - Josiah only wanted to do what he felt completely confident and ready for :).
They were supposed to be "warming up"...not sure this counts...
Jacob is closest to the camera with the blue belt...
...he really liked the flag sparring
This is grappling. It's alot like wrestling to me. Not easy for the moms to watch for sure. Jacob LOVED it...even though he's never done it before...not a surprise.
Josiah point sparring...He did great!
They had a play room for kids that Callie and Caleb enjoyed. They also sat and my feet and enjoyed some color wonder books that Mom had given me at Christmas to "save until I needed them". Thanks Mom!! :) They were troopers - it was a LONG morning. We were there at 10 and didn't leave to get lunch until way past 1 pm.
Sensei and the students from his dojo that participated in the tournament. It was a lot of fun and a great learning experience. And Josiah said next time he's doing all the things :)