First Karate Class of the Trip

(Written on 4/6/12) — After my first night at KGBV (where, incidentally, I now have a room to myself – not sharing with the girls like before – AND have my own mosquito net), I woke up at about 4:30 am.  My friend Sharda was actually up, too, getting ready for a trip home.  After seeing her off, I was still awake, and was kind of in a stupor of not knowing what to do when two little girls appeared, Sahlini and Kalpana, two of the new ones.  Dusk pushed into the courtyard, and I asked them my universal question:  “Karate?”  Oh my, their eyes lit up and their smiles blossomed and they just nodded their heads.  And so began a 30 minute lesson, just the three of us, me showing them how to make a proper fist, how to keep their elbows in while they punched, how to steady and strengthen themselves with a proper stance…and how not to wake up others when being silly.


  1. Shannon said,

    April 11, 2012 at 12:52 am

    I’m glad you got a mosquito net this time around! It’s great that the girls are so enthusiastic to learn karate and self-defense!

  2. goju karate said,

    April 17, 2012 at 3:10 am

    I can say that you really had a great time in your trip. Those girls are so lucky to learn those things about karate from you. I know that those things will help them strong.

  3. Belle said,

    April 25, 2012 at 2:21 am

    Thanks so much for your comment. I can tell you, with a little more time and training, any one of these girls would be a real contender. They have amazing heart, and it doesn’t take much to reveal a fighting spirit. Thanks again for visiting and reading!

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