Karate Kid Learns to Ride

Cale Today’s student was six-year old, Cale, who has participated in a lot of sports, including karate.  I think karate really helped Cale’s balance once he knew what that entailed.  Probably more than he realized.  Cale was definitely paralyzed by fear.  He listened very carefully, was super polite, and would practice exactly what we talked about on each run.  Like many before him, he needed to think more about “fixing” what was taking him away from riding, and less on how much I was “helping” him.

Once he had a lot of this mastered, I took my hand off his back and started clapping.  Several times.  He was concentrating so hard on what he was doing, it didn’t register with him that he was riding on his own.  I had to mention to him when we finished that, during that run, I was clapping.  Which requires two hands…do the math.

Cale had one critical moment.  As we were getting close to done (working on turns, starting, and stopping), he took a spill in a turn.  Immediately there were waterworks (not even a scrape though).  His confidence was shaken.  It happens.  He wanted to see dad, but fortunately, we were at the other end of the block and I said when he clears his eyes so he can see, we’ll ride back to him.  By time we did, we were able to take a water break and continue without a “dad break.”  It takes bravery to continue, and he did (although still worried about another spill).

So now, it boils down to practice and reminding himself that the “switch” has been “turned on” and he just needs to keep applying everything he learned.

Congrats on battling your fears and winning, Cale.  Even when the karate kid was down on the matt for a moment.


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