Tae Kwon Do with the Kids

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My youngest daughter Sammy, who turns 8 this week, started tae kwon do lessons last month. It’s a great fit for my “warrior” daughter: she is one of those super-balanced, coordinated types, with a big need to take on life physically. To say she gets “a bang” out of life would be an understatement.

Watching her from the sidelines, I saw that the lessons were fast-paced, non-stop action, though the instructor also sneaked in a few words here and there on the higher ideals of the sport: self control, respect for others, perseverance, integrity, courtesy… I smiled, realizing that I’m not the only one sneaking in the good-for-you ingredients into a yummy-for-you deal. Seriously, though, I appreciated that my daughter was embracing a whole new level of ethics without the resistance a lecture at home or school would have triggered.

Three weeks ago, the instructor invited me into the class! Uh, wait a minute…I was comfortable watching my warrior girl, and letting this be her thing. Did I really want to join the action? But Sammy seemed happy to include me in, and before I knew it, I was throwing kicks and learning blocks with the rest of them. I'm not only getting into some of the best physical shape I've enjoyed in a long while, but Sammy and I have bonded in whole new way. I can't say enough good things about it. I’m also enjoying those little lectures on higher ideals. They slip right in.

I’m going to whip up some sneaky chef dish to commemorate this great experience–maybe Karate Kakes or something like that. With that name, I know Sammy will like them no matter what I put in them!  See you on the mats! 

Missy

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I think it's great that you take Taekwondo with your daughter. My daughter is 12 and this summer we have started also. I can relate to the bonded closer thing. I have told my husband that even though we have been really close it gives us something in common to talk about on a daily basis and we help each other out learning our new forms. We have competed in tournaments too and I am 48 years old never thought I could do that at this age. I have bought both of your books and some products you have metioned on your web page. I love it and I think the Taekwondo recipee would be great. I also wanted to tell you that more and more people are eating organic foods and some things you can't get in organic stores. We stay on organic now because of stomach problems wanted to see if you may make an organic cookbook and I also think you would do well if you made a Holiday cookbook.
Thanks
Lora Curren

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