Rafael has graduated to the big class of TKD and this week struggled with the change in poomsae technique: quieter, softer, more focused.
R is one of the loudest human beings on the planet, second only to her father. she does nothing softly. she is very deliberate, almost belligerent, with every gesture. when we got home from TKD i was at a loss explaining how to be softer and why her Master wanted her to change her approach entirely from the younger class.
then i remembered Kung Fu, specifically the “Rice Paper Walk” scene. i got on Youtube, found it and made R watch it. then we talked about it.
next class she improved… moving in the right direction.
who the fuck knew i would be pulling that out of my ass as a parent? certainly not the very young me who only had that show to watch on the few channels we had growing up.