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07-11-2003, 10:34 AM
(A follow up to a topic I posted earlier this year...)

My MMA class has a early session for kids. Seeing I was in the neighborhood, I thought I'd pop my head in and say hello. Invariably that never ends well for me, and I always wind up on the mat ;-)

Anyhow, being a kids class, there were a lot of fun games. One game involved using padded batons (swimming noodles - think Nerf material). The object was to attack your partner while they checked the attack / duck / slip etc.

Well, the kids *annihilated* me! Tenakan and irimi is *really* difficult against hyperactive 8 yr old making multiple attacks. Remembering all your responses from last time, I though I'd try a few tricks in rounds 2....

Using tenkan with distraction, I'd move in and try to disarm the bat. I was still unimpressed with the result - kids move unpredictably, and I didn't go all out hitting them. I estimate I succeeded with 2 / 10 times.

Round 3 saw both partners armed with bats. I'm happy to report the Aikido bokken training came in handy. The diagonal deflection / absorption, irimi, cut works a treat. Though I looked like a fool holding my Nerf paddle like a ninja ;-)

Moral of the story : Hit first, throw later?

07-11-2003, 01:26 PM
Moral of the story: Bob likes to abuse little kids.

just kidding :)

07-11-2003, 04:38 PM
Moral of the story: Bob likes to abuse little kids.

just kidding :)
Don't make me throw more fruit at ya.

(see other thread)

I also wrestle domesticated animals for money. Anything to get thru college huh?

C. Emerson
07-12-2003, 07:54 AM
I feel your pain. I have kids, and they have the "noodle." Ive been a victim more times than I care to share.

I still hurt inside. LOL