Well it has been a long time since I have written hasn’t it!!!!! Over this weekend I will try to write little installments and get up to date!
Every week (Thursdays and Saturdays) the kids at GG do Bokator - which is a traditional Cambodian martial art! I have tried it once on a Thursday with the older kids but as most people know I am not that coordinated or skilled at physical activities! Tania and I are trying to inspire each other to exercise (a teeny weeny bit successful) and also she wanted to have the younger kids encouraged to do their bokator practice properly but with fun! So we have started doing an hour of bokator with the youngest kids (ranging from 4 to 12) on a Saturday morning! Doing it with the little uns has 2 benefits! 1. It is only an hour! 2. I don’t look quite so stupid next to a 4 yr old. The hour is divided into 2 sections. For the first 30 mins we all practice together as a group doing moves. The second half there are 6 stations of different skills and we do them for about 5 mins each! It is lots of fun and it is so cute seeing the little kids trying to be like the big boys (who help us out). When we are doing the punching exercises the little ones think it is HILARIOUS to punch me on the bottom – if I ever can’t find a job teaching I could become a punching bag for bokator lessons!
So ……… one would think there was not much damage you could do to oneself practicing bokator. I mean you really only punch and kick at the air or at a punching bag/glove. Yes I am sure you know where this is going – Kate will always find a way to do something stupid and uncoordinated!!! Firstly if you are not quite familiar with my lack of neither hand eye coordination nor physical ability I can tell you a little story – In early primary school (I think it may have been about yr 3) I was running in the sport’s carnival. The principal was standing next to my mum and as he was watching the race he turned to her and asked her if there was something wrong with my legs as I “ran funny”!!!!! Another story – again in sport’s carnivals the common question from me to my mum “Mum why do I always come last?” Mum: “Darling somebody has to!” Another story – students I have taught in the past think it is HILARIOUS to call out my name as I am walking past and as I turn throw a ball at me – I NEVER CATCH IT! Oh there are so many more I could tell you but I am thinking you are getting the gist!
Back to bokator – first practice! With my little group of GG girls we move to the playground area where the punching bag is and our skill is to punch the bag 4 times and then run around the play equipment and back to the bag. Sounds pretty simple right???? Punching the bag was successfully completed (though Youert did say I need to punch harder!) but the running around the play equipment was another matter! We all know how short I am so I never really have to look out for things! I run around the slide, past the ‘cubby’, take a wide left and WHACK!!!! My head hits the metal monkey bars square on!!! I stumble back, wobble a bit and then WHAM flat on my back with little GG’s laughing (in a concerned manner) and trying to help me up! Fortunately I was fine – a small lump and a pounding headache but all in all fine!