Monday, December 10, 2012


For the last couple months, our 8 year old has been attending a Creative Martial Arts after school intro program. He's brought home numerous insights about jabs, crosses, and both snap and roundhouse kick. He's definitely enjoyed it quite a bit.

This last weekend, though, was the big test. If the students performed well enough, they'd earn their White Belts and get a chance to break a board.

Well, as you can imagine, the class rose to the occasion and put on quite a martial-arts show. Indeed, they all earned the right to crack a board in half using nothing but their fist.

I've got to admit, I was surprised at the challenge in front of these kids. It's scary enough to think that you're going to be punching a solid slab of wood, it's another to do it in front of 40+ onlooking parents.

And how'd our kid do? Well, check it out!

That there is the real deal: a board broken in half by a single cross punch.

While we were proud of our little Ninja, I was just as impressed with the studio that put on the class. They talk about how martial arts can be used to teach confidence, disciple and fitness - and we saw all that on display. That, and a lot of patience and positive reinforcement.

If you're in Arlington, and looking for a fun after school activity or camp, you should check them out.


  1. It is never too late, but sticking with martial arts from a young age is awesome. Great life skills, especially from taekwando (my experience at least).

  2. Hello Grant rettke,You are right learning martial art in young age is good. Even now many school organize karate after school program for young students