Wow. Went to class tonight… and man, am I going to feel it tomorrow. I. Am. Tired.
I spent an hour teaching a learning disabled child tonight, which took a lot out of me mentally. He is a handful! His mother lets him get away with all kinds of nonsense at home because of his disability. She pretty much lets him do what he wants, and she is bringing him to martial arts classes to get a little help on discipline. I feel bad for the kid, I really do. He has it rough, but the last thing he needed from me was sympathy, he gets enough of that from mom. So! I was under strict orders to teach this stubborn child to behave tonight. He battled me every step of the way, and I don’t think he liked me very much, but after all was said and done I think I did my best to help him.
Its a really great feeling when you know you did something to help someone in a way no one else can. At the start of the class, he wouldn’t even say “Yes Mam” to me. He was being intentionally clumsy, acting like he hurt himself by stretching, wasn’t trying, and was all around disrespectful. By the end of the hour, I had him behaving. It is amazing what a threat of push ups can do, when compassion has no effect. (Believe me, I’ve tried that route with him, and the only thing that works is showing him who is the boss. Give an inch, he takes a mile.) My instructor was really pleased with me for getting the kid to try so hard. My voice was totally hoarse by the end of the class! I’m really happy to help though, I just hope his mother takes a few lessons.
After that, I led some students through 45 minutes of kata. By that point I was starting to feel like a drill instructor, but it is good experience for me and I got through a lot of forms. Then we did sparring, and my instructor put me with a kid who thought he could hit me and not have me hit back. Yeah, right. Doesn’t work that way. If you want to play rough, make room for two. After he figured out he couldn’t push me around, he suddenly didn’t want to fight anymore. Its so annoying when guys think they can mess with me just because they are bigger. Yes you are bigger. Yes you are stronger. But I am fast, and I have spent 5 years learning how to not hit like a girl. Nuff’ said.
Really. This kid should know better too. I have known him since I started, and he is a few years younger than me but I have passed him in rank. He suddenly grew a foot taller than me, and gained 50 pounds, I take two weeks off of class and all of a sudden he thinks he can mess with me. Boys.
Anyways, we also did flying kicks, tumbling, one-stepping, and more kata. For a break between classes we did 30 push ups, 100 punches, and 100 leg raises.
We did a lot of stuff tonight, but I feel very content about it. I always feel pretty good after I work out. But! I am so glad to be showered and ready for bed now. I think I am going to sleep. I love MA.