[Deep breath in through nose. Hiss out through mouth.]
At which point, last evening, I jumped out of my chair as the little mite of a cutey patootie blonde girl with chocolate brown eyes and an impish smile yelled at the beginning of her Kata. Geesh. Scared me to death and she was no taller than my waist. Wouldn’t want to meet her in a dark alley. Nope. Nada. No way jose!
Last night I had the privilege of attending Good Shepherd Karate Academy’s 4th Annual Tournament to watch my best friend’s son, Scotty, compete. He is in 1st grade and is a beginning Karate student. He has his first degree white belt. Scotty is a brilliant, articulate, loving young boy. He also has a speech impediment and Aspberger’s Syndrome. As a matter of fact, every Karate student there has some disability, be it learning, mental or physical. Some student’s have had strokes, some are autistic, some…well their difficulty is not visible to the naked eye. But I’ll tell you this much, in the Karate ring, I saw absolutely no difficulties anywhere. And you couldn’t pay me good money to get in there with them either. They’d destroy me! Hoooooeeeeeey!
First was the competition for forms for each skill level. I was dang impressed with how precise these kids were. And the judges, all black belts of various levels, held nothing back. To our joy and his, Scotty received a first place medal! Oh boy!
Next was the Kata. It was almost like a dance and again the precision was remarkable. To our surprise, as well as Scotty’s, he received a first place trophy (that was nearly bigger than he was)!! The look on Scotty’s face was completely priceless. His jaw just dropped open, he looked at the trophy, then the judge, then his Mom and said “For me? Again?” And started jumping up and down. Totally awesome.
Third came competition with weapons. Scotty did not participate in this portion. One young man whose has fairly significant left-sided weakness (perhaps from a stroke), used num-chucks similar to these. I was quite impressed with his movements, especially since they were all done with his right hand only! He received first place.
Lastly came the sparring. No holds barred I’m tellin’ ya! None. It was fair fighting, body blows only, no blows above the chest. Three points scored you the win. AND…..
….once again, you got it….Scotty took the first place trophy!
We were thrilled but not as much as he. He couldn’t even carry them out they were so big. But not nearly as big as his smile. And definitely not as big as the grins on his Mom and Dad’s faces or the love that poured from their eyes.
Today Mom had to explain to Scotty what humility was.
Oh…and by the way…the cutie patootie mentioned above…received her blue belt. Um..yeah…watch out for those cutie patooties with chocolate brown eyes. Their dangerous in dark alleys folks.