Friday, March 28, 2008

New Helmets/GMA/Safety

I don't know if some of you may have seen Good Morning America this morning?
They had this small segment on kids learning how to competitive fight.
I am here this morning to say...

What the?????

OK, seriosuly....Kody and Kolin train too. But...there is a major difference.
The show this morning, in my opinion, was grossly represented. OK, it was awful.
Kids fighting WITHOUT safety protection, parents video taping this?

Not in this way, no how.

You'd have to be insane to even consider not having your child wear the very best safety protection, fitted by an instructor who knows 200% how to fit for the ultimate in protection.
Good Lord, Karl and I were cringing the whole 5 minutes that segment was on, it was that bad. boys are not being taught to fight/pick on or bully any other kids., they would be kicked out on their keesters if the thought ever crossed their minds.

They are taught to respect the knowledge that they are given.
They are taught to walk away, if possible.
They are taught to defend themselves against potential molesters/pediphials/kidnappers/adults who may get their kicks by hurting children.
They are taught safety.
They are taught control.

Nobody at their martial arts/combat fighting school has ever gotten hurt, nor gotten angry with each other. They are a family.

If, by chance, you find a school to enroll your children, to teach them how to defend themselves against the "bad people" and that school is anything like what was on TV this morning, do me and yourself a favor...
Get the heck out of there fast. Don't walk, do run.

I'm leaving you with some pic's I took yesterday. These are the boys new and improved, full face, sparring helmets and after seeing what was on GMA this morning...these pic's couldn't have come at a better time.

This next photo was posed. Normally they would be wearing hand, feet and sometimes chest pads. I took these quickly as we were walking out the door for class. the ole' soapbox.

Good news..."Broccoli Boy" is no more.
He's looking mighty sharp in his new spikey haircut, and so is his little brother, SPike Jr.
In about 2 1/2 weeks broccoli boy will return and we'll be doing this all over again. :0)

OK, gotta run. It's Kolin's field day today, which means I get to go watch him play all afternoon. It also means that the end of the school year is quickly approaching.
Dang...that went fast!

Have a really awesome day today!!

Love, Kim


Jaime from CT :) said...

Ugh, I hate irresponsible journalism. I know from my 5+ years of martial arts training that the majority of schools use extreme caution when teaching students (and adults) fighting, sparring or self-defense. It’s too bad that one poor example was shown on national TV, and it will give a bad name to all of the good schools out there.

Um, on a lighter note, I am glad that the boys got their hair cut, but next time, can we have a "before" picture? I am having a hard time imagining "broccoli head" without thinking that Kody's hair has turned green! LOL!

Have a great weekend!

Anonymous said...

Good monring K family,
Mrs. K, I just went to the GMA website and read the article about kids and ultimate fighting and I have to say I am extremely upset by it! I've said before I am a black belt and yes, I agree that kids need to be taught self-defense but c'mon...that's not defense, that's agression and brutality! I agree with you completely that schools that teach agression are bad news. We have enough agressive adults in the world who will intentionally harm others. Let's not encourage children to be the same way. I love that I read your posts and always come away with hope and inspiration. Good for you and Mr. K. for teaching your amazing children that fighting solves nothing. You guys are wonderful! Have a great day.
Love, blessings, and tons of hugs,
Tanya Nicole Servis

Anonymous said...

as a follow Martial Arts parent, I too cringed at the ultimate fighting done by kids withOUT safety gear!
It's one thing to get your kids into a great martial arts school and teach self defense and confidence, but what the ultimate fighting is teaching is out and out brutual. Wow!

On a side note --- I have to share my son just earned his red belt in Tae Kwon Do last night :)
If all goes right he should be able to test for his black belt this December.

I've been reading your postings, but haven't really had a lot of time to write in the guestbook.

I always love your pictures. I wish I could take pictures half as good as you! :)

Kristine (from Minnesota)


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