Yesterday the summer school karate program started. It was a slow couple of classes as we helped the masses understand school protocol (when to salute, where to leave shoes, etc.) and the basics (a block, when to say "yes, sir"). The focus was "focus"--teaching kids to pay attention to one thing at a time, breaking down the concept to "eyes, mind, body" and then applying the concept by blocking strikes. Pretty easy stuff.
At the end of class Mr. O explained "Might for right," the martial arts promise that everyone says at the end of class. "If you use kicking and punching at school, what does that make you?" he asked the students.
And then this little peanut of a 4-year-girl raised her hand and announced, "I turn into a dragon."
Yep, that's right. She doesn't turn into a bully when she's mean. She turns into a dragon.
I totally dig this kid.