Sunday, 17 June 2012
Day 169: Training
Jenna's been learning Karate this year and she's been doing really well, so well that she's progressed through White and Yellow belts to her Orange belt quite quickly. We don't usually get to see Jenna doing her Karate because she does it in the evenings during the week. This weekend we took her to an extra class because she's training for a tournament, it's on in a couple of weeks and she'll be competing in the Group Kata for her Dojo.
I think the Group Kata is kind of like synchronised swimming but instead of the nose plugs, swimming caps, and water they have Karate Pajamas (also known as a Gi) and they shout after certain punches or moves (this is the Ki-ai)... so apart from the bare feet and the synchronisation I guess they're really not that similar at all. Perhaps I should have reconsidered my simile.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching Jenna do her training today but what made me really proud was when the regional manager, Sensei Greg, introduced himself and started telling me how impressed he is with Jenna's progress. It seems Jenna has the right combination of focus and natural ability that makes for an excellent student. This is so much better than Little Athletics!