|KJ (in Black) fighting a boy her age in the ring at a dojo about 30 minutes away from ours|
|Dy drilling from Closed-|
Guard on Joey..... Joey the
dummy, at one point referred
to as KJ's boyfriend!
|KJ drilling an Arm-Bar|
practicing her BJJ
Our base, or primary style, is Shito Ryu Karate. Beyond its unfortunate name, it is an amazing blend of Karate styles that emphasizes a number of things to include copious amounts of Katas (choreographed fighting sequences) and Sparring (controlled fights). While Shito Ryu is our foundation style, we also take classes and spar in Muy Thai Kickboxing, Judo, Boxing, and BJJ. These other styles bring in variety, provide interesting challenges, and give insights back into our Shito Ryu practice. This would probably be akin to a child focusing on the piano, practicing it for hours, taking private classes, etc. but then also branching out to learn the harpsichord and drums. They may not be experts in those latter two instruments, but they could carry a tune and it helps their appreciation of the piano, and for music as a whole.
Over the years, a number of parents have asked for advice on picking a style and school for their kids. I will put together a post on this, but the critical element is ensuring that the school actually has the kids spar at least once a week. Learning moves (locks, punches, throws, kicks, etc) is like learning words, Katas and/or Drills are like learning sentence structure, but sparring is like having a conversation.