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Sometimes Fighting Siblings is Good…

My girls and I pose with our orange belts

Kids learn to care about the things that their parents care about. Hopefully, kids are able to develop a passion for those activities or hobbies on their own.

Such is the case with my family and Karate. We’ve been attending classes together for the past six months.

Let me be clear – Karate is not about beating people up and it’s not evil.

However, when I was a kid my parents forbid me from taking Karate classes – which I wrote about in the post Are Witchcraft and Karate Similar?

Despite my parents’ gross misunderstanding, Karate is a wonderful discipline that helps its practitioners develop leadership skills, focus, respect, physical health, goal setting, mental toughness – plus a host of other intangibles.

A week ago, my daughters and I tested for our orange belts [see photo], which is about a quarter of the way toward our ultimate goal of earning our black belts.

And I couldn’t be more proud of my girls for their discipline and dedication toward this activity and this specific achievement.

We’re fortunate to have found a karate program that allows families to train in the same class – it’s a different instructional model, yet it’s highly effective.

The kids get to see appropriate behaviors modeled by their parents. And every week, my two girls come ready and prepared for class. I’m looking forward to updating this blog with every milestone toward our goal.

One of the most important lessons from Karate is the need for balance in life. On a small scale, I want to balance my interest in this activity with that of my girls. So every time, before we enter the studio for a class, I ask them if they’re still enjoying the sessions and if they want to keep attending and they both reply with an enthusiastic “yes.”

In that regard, I’m thrilled that I’m sharing this vision quest together with them and that our girls are learning how to work, endure and fight toward a goal. That’s a life skill I wish I’d learned at their age.

Question: What’s a an activity you loved doing as a family growing up?

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  1. Congratulations on the Orange Belts! I know two Black Belts, and they are some of the finest people I know.

  2. Awesome! I’d often thought of the same thing – maybe I’ll bounce the idea off Jaim, although she’s fixated on Softball – even thru the Fall/Winter.
    Thanks for the idea!

  3. My son takes Tae Kwon Do. I used to do other martial arts, but Tai Chi is where I have landed.

    • TorConstantino says:

      Michael, that is very cool – thanks for stopping by! BTW, I loved your essay on evil!!! My apologies for not getting back to you sooner – I’ve been busy preparing for getting everything finalized for the launch of my book this past Tuesday!

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