Any moms with kids in MA that do MA themselves?
I have been doing MA for 8 years (total dojo time is 6 had 2 kids and went back), both of my children have been going to the dojo with ever since they were born. My oldest (6)started a year ago and my youngest (2) will start when she turns 3. I got my black belt (finally) last November in Shaolin Kempo.
Debbie - posted on 06/26/2010
YAY for this group! :) I have a 9 month old baby boy.. I recently started doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu! And I love it! I am so glad I decided to start training! I fill it's perfect me time :) I am glad to see so many mommies that do MA! :)
About 2 1/2 years ago, we started Tae Kwon Do as a family (me, my husband and our son). We're all still working at it and love it. We even started taking a self defense course that focuses on combining techniques from several different martial arts (falls, throws, ground techniques, grabs, etc.). Initially, I was really scared to start because I've never been athletic and always considered myself clumsy. TKD has gotten me in better shape and boosted my confidence a ton!
Julie - posted on 01/21/2010
I put my oldest daughter in to karate classes (she was almost 5 at the time and is now 16) and I took up the kickboxing classes. The following year, I put my youngest into the program and then about 6 months later, I started with the karate classes. That was in 2000. I am still training (American Kenpo) and getting ready to test for 3rd black in Feb. I am also the lead instructor at the school and have been for 5 years now working directly with the owner to implement the junior and adult curriculum. I teach ages 5 through adult.
Vicki - posted on 11/05/2009
I am SO happy to find this circle.
My 10 year old son started TKD almost 2 years ago. After watching him for 2 months, I grew tired of sitting on my 200 pound behind and decided to join the adult class.
I am just in my Brown belt - caught up with my son - and lost 60 pounds while enjoying the best family DoJang environment possible.
My husband also joined in and we are all at the same level now.
Oh yes - I am also the eldest woman TKDoist in the dojang ;0.........just turned 50!
I LOVE the life, enjoy the sport and treasure the fellowship of my fellow martial artists!
Sarah - posted on 07/31/2009
My husband was in Taekwon Do in high school then stopped before getting his black belt. When he got back into our oldest son started as well. I took it with the intentions of only staying a semester but ended up loving it. Now our second child is in it and I'm sure the other two will follow. I love that we get to do something that is fun and my husband calls it "exercise with a purpose" because you aren't just getting rid of your belly but you are learning to defend yourself. I love it!
Raquel - posted on 03/27/2009
I'm a mommy with a 1st degree black belt with The World Tae Kwon Do Association. My daughter is 1, even though she is not enrolled yet, we take her sometimes and she loves to watch. The Dojang is like a second home and family to me. All the people, including our Sabonim and his family, are just like my family. We all see each other outside of the dojang and it's only natural for my daughter to be there. She has a lot of unbiological aunts and uncles that can defend themselves! lol I can't wait until she is 3 and can officially join!
Marcel - posted on 02/18/2009
Lisa, I knew there was something about things you've written! It seems we are true karate sisters. It seems you've been taught with a similar philosophy. Does your school work both the hard and soft sides of the style? I understand not all GoJu schools do. I love Goju. You have a the hard, Go, kicking and punching and the soft Ju, JuJitsu affixing and how did you just put me on the ground?! My one Sensei also teaches JuJitsu. As much as I love the hard stuff, I have to admit, the JuJitsu is what will save my life if I ever need it.
Annice - posted on 02/16/2009
Thanks, Kathe! I just saw your post to me :) Marcel, I know what you mean about not being able to imagine not training! I've been sick with a sinus infection since last Tuesday night, and it's killing me inside to not be able to train! Although I haven't been able to make it to the dojong, I have been practicing my forms at home.
Lisa, that was awesome! That a great experience you've had! My plan is to test for and receive my black belt at the end of next month, and then to instruct after that. Hubby and I are also planning on getting pregnant in May/June. I plan to instruct as long as I can while pregnant too!
On a good note, my son has decided that he wants to stay in TKD afterall :) Which, of course, make my husband and I very, VERY happy! I have to say, Martial Artists are like our very own community. I've made some wonderful friends there...we call it our "karate family". We even, frequently, get together outside of the dojong too. As reluctant as I was to begin taking it, I'm so grateful to my husband and son for getting me involved. I never would've known what a great path it lead to! What a wonderful life-long journey! My husband has always wanted to start his own dojo and now I would be happy to be involved in that dream. He has his black belt in TKD, and would like to start training in Kung-Fu (he also has training in Ken-Po). Once I get my black belt in TKD, I'd like to start training in Tai-Chi. We thought it would be neat to bring all 4 styles into our very own dojo. Looks like it'll still be a few years out though, considering our family plans ;)
Lisa - posted on 02/16/2009
Hi Ladies! I now have a 6-month old son. I began training in Shotokan in 1996 and received my black belt in 2001. We moved a few years ago, and I found an Okinawan Gojou school in our small town, and I am hoping to go for my 2nd degree in THAT style soon. My son was born this past August...I continued teaching and training until about the end of June (used for freak out the parents watching kinder karate a little when I would allow the kids to flip me when I was that far along...but I used to LOVE the comments that little kids would make). I ended up having a very difficult delivery (emergency c-section) and a full week stay in the hospital afterwards. When I was on the operating table and was being stitched up, I jokingly asked my doc how long before I could do crunches again...she said "Nothing other than walking for 6 weeks. That's my advice, and I know you're not going to take it, but I have witnessese." :) So the day my son turned 6 weeks I showed up at the dojo to help teach kinder karate (surprised my Sensei)...and two days later I attended an adult class to get in some training for me.
Right now my son is at the dojo about 3 times/week...sometimes more...he's a bit of a celebrity when we teach classes for the elementary and high schools, and he gets passed around to parents when I teach regular classes. And Hubby and I are already working on Brazilian JiuJitsu, among other things, with him.
My goal is not to force him to train, but I am hoping that being exposed to it as much as he is, it will just naturally become part of his life. Our judo instructor is the same with his 18-month-old.
And I really hope that he will be walking by the fall, when our Okinawan Masters come for another visit. I was feeling really lousy when they visited last time, and felt like I really let them down in terms of my performance. Of course, I discovered shortly after they left that I was pregnant. I would LOVE to get a picture of my son in a gi with Minei Sensei (10th Dan). Not sure how much longer Minei Sensei will be able to make these trips.
Phew...sorry about the lenght :)
Marcel - posted on 02/15/2009
I can't tell you how thrilled I am to have found this group. I am a true student of the Martial Arts. In 1994 my son started training in Tae Kwon Do. About a year and a half later I started... Thought it was a great form of exercise that I wouldn't get tired of. About six months later he gave up the martial arts for baseball... I'm still at it. I celebrated my 13th year last October. I started my training in Tae Kwon Do, left short of a black belt due to bad feelings about my teacher's methods (31/2 years into it). Without skipping a beat, I continued my training in another Korean style,Tang Soo Do where I trained for 9 years, until the end of 2006. In the spring of 2006 I was introduced to, and chose to concentrate on, GoJu Ryu, an Okinawan style that is far more grounded than the others. No jump kicks. No kicking techniques to the head. My 48 year old joints appreciate that! I also study JuJitsu with one of my Senseis. I am a student for life! I can't imagine not training. Thanks for letting me rattle on and I would like to invite you all to check out a group one of my fellow female students began on facebook. The group is called Fight Like a Girl. We're simply looking for other women involved in the Art to share their styles and thoughts.
Kathe - posted on 02/15/2009
I'm so glad you were happy to find the group. I can't tell you how much Martial Arts has helped my son, and I knew there would be other moms out there who are fans of this activity. That's awesome that you're working toward being an instructor.
Annice - posted on 02/15/2009
Indeed, Kathe! I'm hoping it'll keep me at a reasonable weight during my next pregnancy! LOL I gained 72 pounds with my son, but didn't exercise at all then. Theoretically, the exercise (and perhaps self-discipline when it comes to food) will help!
Annice - posted on 02/07/2009
I agree, I've met some of the coolest, nicest women in competitions. The other families out our dojong and ours have blended into one big family, and I always look forward to tournaments to see my competing buddies! We've built some great friendships in TKD! I'm actually taking a break from competing, so I can focus on training for my black belt test, and I miss them and competing terribly! There was a competition today, and boy was I anxious! Another family from the tournament rounds and my family are planning a get-together soon, everyone's all so great!
Tammy - posted on 02/07/2009
I was a "mom of a taekwondo kid" until I decided to become a martial artist myself 3 months after he joined. It has been a passion and I love it! Susie Riddle and I have competed together as teammates in many tournaments. I love taekwondo and missing being able to be in class every night. It's a PASSION!!!!
Susie - posted on 02/05/2009
I love to know about moms getting out there and doing MA with their kids. I have a 12 year son and we have been taking TKD together for a little over 3 years now. I was like you and watched for a little while and it was killing me not to be out there. I had taken karate when I was a kid and loved it. We both earned our 1st Degree Black Belt last April. We are working towards our 2nd Degrees now. We love our instructor. It is by far one of the best things I have done with my son. It has helped build our relationship so much. Keep on Kicking and watch your relationship grow with your child. It's Great!!
Annice - posted on 02/04/2009
Oh, I was so happy to find this group! My husband studies martial arts, and has for many years. Last March, when my son was 4, we thought it would be a great idea to get him started before he began attending school so he could get used to structure and following directions from instructors. Well, my son would only take it if I did. So, we all started taking TKD as a family. As our Sensei says, "The family that KICKS together, STICKS together!" My thoughts were that I would take it for a month to please my son, and then be done with it. Well, once I got into it, I LOVED it also! We've all competed together in competitions and I've competed in a bunch of competitions where they've rooted me on. I've been excelling and I go very frequently to class. My husband earned his black belt this past September (his rank from his previous dojo was acknowledged), and I'll be testing for mine at the end of March. My son has lost interest in it, because he says that the instructor doesn't let him "play". haha! I told him that if he can stick it out until March and get his Little Dragon black belt, then we would let him take a break from it and try other things. My husband instructs and I will be instructing after receiving my black belt. I love the confidence, discipline, courtesy, and perseverance my son has learned from it!
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