It’s another week down for the kids at jujitsu. They’re making such incredible progress, all of them. I’m really proud of the way they’ve taken to it. It’s still challenging, but they’re getting there.
I’ve learned quite a bit about the kids through how they handle the classes. For example, Sander is a total clown. I knew that before, but I think it’s more obvious now. He’s got a hard time taking it seriously. He has a tendency to get the other kid down, then give up.
But Sander and Luca both do pretty well learning the new techniques when they get into it. They’ve been working on the same move for two weeks and they’re really starting to get it down. Sander still needs a little more direction with it, but Luca flies through the move they’ve been working on like it’s old habit by now. They’re really learning and it shows.
A.J. is learning pretty quickly as well, but he’s a lot more timid. He doesn’t know how to throw his weight around, and it doesn’t help that he’s one of the smaller kids in his class. He giggles when he feels like he can’t do something instead of getting frustrated, but he’s slowly starting to get into the idea of working hard. He’s so pleased with himself when he finally gets the moves right, and that means a lot. Coming from a kid that isn’t a fan of people in his personal space, and isn’t such a fan of being in other people’s personal space, I think he’s doing pretty well.
I’m not sure how well that will show up (my blog is doing something weird on my end) but that’s A.J. working on the technique they’ve been working on in class. As you can see, it’s challenging for him, but that’s good. It gives him something to work towards. He’ll get it, even if it takes him a while.
However the real surprise in all of this is Luca. Luca has everyone amazed with the grit and determination displayed. The other kid Luca was sparring with tends to tap out the moment the other kid gets the best of him, where Luca, even though the situation was pretty grim looking, still pushed through and managed to hold out fairly well against the other kid. Luca is totally beast in that class. I think Luca could really go far, if we can get the focus where it needs to be.
All of this was topped with a nice, quite walk home in the snow. Luca loves the snow. Normally we have to stop a million times so that Luca can touch the snow, but we forgot mittens today so Luca was happy to just kick it around. It was quite fun for Luca.
They all really had a good time in the snow. Oz kept pushing A.J. and Sander in snow banks. Yes, it sounds mean, but they thought it was particularly funny. Oz told Sander he was going to do it and Sander told him to, so he did. Next thing you know they were all giggling about it. They got home and were covered in snow. It really made the end of the day, and made for a really fun trip.
For the fact that it was all of 12 degrees on our walk home, it didn’t feel that bad at all. I didn’t even have gloves on, and the kids hands never got cold. Normally they shove their hands deep into their pockets to keep warm. We were originally thinking we might just stay in because of the snow and the cold, but it really wasn’t that bad at all. I’m glad we got to go out. It was a nice way to cap off week two of jujitsu!