Sunday, May 17, 2009


Wednesday night was rather busy in our house... We scrambled from Katya's belt test in Aikido to to her piano recital! By some fluke, they were scheduled for the same time in different buildings... She passed and will be a yellow belt when the club starts up again in September. She is so happy about it! 

She absolutely loves Aikido. She took it last year, too, but dropped out as one-by-one all the girls stopped coming... I'm not sure why, but this year she loves the martial art in part because she's the only girl. She likes the physicality of it, particularly the wrestling at the end. She also likes the discipline, and how no one is allowed to speak during practice. It is so good for her! 

I did Aikido (Ju-Jitsu) in college and really enjoyed it, too. I could tell the other moms haven't been exposed to it before... You should have heard them yelping every time their kids hit the mat hard! They were also freaked out when the instructor and another black-belt did an exhibition of expert moves! Katya loved that part and wants to stick with it.


Tina in CT said...

Congrats to Katya! She's well rounded - ballet and Aikido. The discipline is good training.

Annie said...

Congratulations! My - that girl is BUSY!

Funny, that in Russia Katya is studying Akido, and here my children were studying the Russian martial art, "Sistema".

They did it for a year and a half, and I finally just got overwhelmed with "too much stuff". I would like to be home occasionally....

Anonymous said...

doesn't putin train in aikido? she looks great - being able to "handle" boys like that ought to make her daddy proud! boys won't stand a chance when she is a teenager ; )

miss you!