Children Have Amazing Spirits
Little known piece of information, or beaten down fact of life,
|I mean, look at me.|
That's me in the black gi.
In the latter part of my career I ended up teaching children Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Kick Boxing at my uncle's school in Bay Ridge. Once or twice a week I'd hold a class, teaching kids how to punch and choke each other. I know that doesn't sound so safe and a lot of people would say that it might be a bit too tough for kids, but
I don't want to say that this only applies to my kids, because I want to believe that all children have this power in them, but every single lesson I taught was greeted by a stampede of these kids onto the mat ready to learn. Even when the weather wasn't that great and they'd come into the school soaked, they'd still have that excitement in they're eyes. You could tell that they wanted to learn everything I could teach them; some of them would even want to spend that last half of class sparring each other and myself to see how much they've learned. There's nothing like a kid asking, "Sensei, can you and I verse next?" and knowing that they want to fight you so that they could test themselves.
These are the same kid's I'd teach, performing their demo routine.
Sometimes I'm still at awe at how kids work. Most of the time I can't stand children, but when you see them do things that you didn't expect them to, you get this weird sense of happiness. I'm really glad that I had the chance to teach these kids in such an interesting environment. Not many can say that they've taught kids how to fight and few would admit that they were left amazed by their capabilities, but that's how my experience goes.
Children have amazing spirits and its really important to know that and even more important to maintain it. Whether it be for yourself or for others, try to keep that unrestricted wonder that kids have. We often hold ourselves back from the things that we want for one reason or another and sometimes we just need to let it go (insert frozen gif).
Bonus picture of me wrestling because I thought it was funny and couldn't fit it into the post:
|I'll be honest, neither of us have control in this moment.|