Yesterday we had our first Family FIt Kickboxing Class here at Smash Hit. It was so much fun to have new families we hadn't met before, and we got to meet some of our longer term Smash Hit members' families too!
It was really cool to see how fascinated the kids were watching their parents on the bag and doing kick shield drills. I have to admit, I was really proud to show off some of my own moves in front of my 11 year old son. I don't think too many kids can say "My mom's a kickboxer"! And on Sunday he found out that he can be a kickboxer, too! What a self-esteem boost for both of us!
I also saw parents communicating with their children with patience and was surprised at how the kids could learn complicated moves quickly, as they received genuine support and praise from each other and their parents. It was really bonding and motivational. For sure it's a great way to form tighter more durable relationships, learn to commit to fighting through hardships, and finding out how tough we all are as a family unit. As we say here, "A family who fights together stays together!"
But one of the more hidden aspects of our family kickboxing class also struck me as one of the most important. One or two lessons can show a student the basics, but with repeated kickboxing workouts, those defensive moves that we use become reflexive, and will kick in to protect us in times of real need.
That's why I will feel more relaxed allowing my child to go different places by himself as he gets older, and he will feel more empowered as he does so. Of course we hope that our family members will never end up in a situation where self-defense would be necessary, but luck favors the prepared, and we can disguise that preparation with family fun.
I really urge those of you Smash HIt members who weren't able to make the first family class to come next time- Sunday, 10:15! You'll have a blast and be so proud of each other! You could even be giving your kids a self-defense tool which may someday save their lives.