I have posted my concerns before. Since my son, according to day care, can throw a four piece hand combination at age four (some kid was picking on him, he didn't start it, but we were STILL mortified) I think I'll hold off on the karate lessons, thank your very much. He's learned enough watching daddy (me) practice around the house. The boy has a mean roundhouse kick, as his twelve year old antagonising cousin found out the hard way, after repeated warnings from me to "leave the boy alone, I'm warning you, don't back him into a corner, PLEASE." (Incidentally, the cousin wasn't hurt, except maybe his ego may have been when HIS MOTHER laughed at him).
I've been advised that age seven is a good age to train them. From what I've seen before then, they pretty much can't sit still long enough to learn any killer Wutang techniques. However, I do think they will absorb what they see and it will come out later. I just don't think that karate was meant to be effectively used by someone who is still scared o' the dark.
Yet and still, I MAY stick him in a class next year at age five, just to see how he likes it. I'm doing it strictly to have something to hold over his head, as in "Hey, you want to act up, NO KARATE THIS WEEK". Ain't I a devil? I do NOT expect him to be any good at it because I have seen toddlers and pre-schoolers trying to do kata. It ain't pretty. It's cute, but it ain't pretty.
Don't get me started on these seven year old black belts!
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