Kyler Hits The DOJO For The First Time

Having done karate at the Buntingford Karate Club for the best part of 4 years myself naturally the kids see me practicing at home and all want to do the same, so today was the first day Kyler got to hit the DOJO to start the Karate basic training course!

So we had a few kits already and after a fitting session the day before with a little guidance on how to wear it properly and tie the belt, Kyler was pretty eager tonight and when I got home he was dressed and ready to go, it must be the most eager I have seen him for quite a while.

On the way there I think he was quite nervous, he didn’t really know what to expect, I think he thought Sensei Bill was a mean guy that was just going to shout at him, but actually before he started Bill sat him down and explained everything to him and said that if after 5 weeks he didn’t want to carry on that was OK so I think that put Kyler at ease.

First things first are exercise to get warmed up, Kyler stepped inline alongside the rest of the club and he participated in the warm-up with a little guidance here and there, once the warm-up was complete Kyler split off from the rest of the club and went to basic training.

So Sensei Sue takes the beginner course and she it extremely amiable and this put Kyler at ease even further, before long he was standing inline and performing “Yoi” which is a preparatory position ready to move to the next position whatever is called by the sensei taking the class.

Kyler was a natural and picked this up VERY quickly, no doubt all of his dancing skills were very helpful, he actually moved with amazing grace considering it was his first time he looked more in control than some of the adult white belts I have seen come through the club, including myself, before long he was moving across the floor with the standard sweeping karate walk, performing gedan barai (downward block), mawat-te (turning), tsuki (punch) and age-uke (rising block).

Kyler loved his first session in the DOJO and was really keen to show his Mum all the cool things he learned, he even managed to perform the moves respond to the Japanese instructions, pretty impressive, roll on the next lesson you will be black belt before you know it… Os!!

Kyler Got The Part In Charlotte’s Web: 15-19th April 2015

Well as you may know from my last post about Kyler’s recent audition for a part in the upcoming Chartlotte’s web play at the Gordon Craig Theatre in Stevenage we were awaiting a call to see if he got a part or not, we were told we would be called on Friday but we got that call today and yes you guessed it… Kyler got the part!!

So apparently they absolutely loved Kyler and said how he was cheeky and would absolutely love to offer him a part, we’re not entirely sure what the part is yet but we will update this post when we find out.

Looking at the schedule, rehearsals and show dates take up ALL of Easter holiday and they look to be some pretty loooooong grueling days so somebody is going to be very tired indeed, but oh so much fun, Kyler was obviously elated and couldn’t wait to tell everybody, he’s going to do well, maybe he’s a star in the making… we shall see!

Audition Time – Charlotte’s Web @ Gordon Craig Theatre

Today was audition day for Kyler who was put forward by Dance Jam Academy to audition for a part in the upcoming Charlotte’s Web musical at the Gordon Craig Theatre which will be performed at Easter (15th-19th April).


So the day started pretty early, up at 7.30am, which OK isn’t that early but on the day of rest, Sunday, is earlier than one would usually be up, not really helped out by lots of illness doing the rounds, Paula being particularly bad!!

So it was a swift hair wash, panic about what clothes to wear, breakfast, getting everything together, compounded by the fact that Jaycee wanted to hitch along for the ride, thank god Daizee-Mai wasn’t awake or there would have been lots of complaints and begging to come along too and into the car the three musketeers went on our way to auditions!

So we parked the car where Daddy usually parks for work and walked to the Gordon Craig Theatre which is actually pretty much the same daily walk I do anyway without the resulting train journey and mayhem in London. When we got to the Gordon Craig Theatre we registered and found a spot to sit down and wait to be called through, we were about 20 minutes early (Daddy is obsessed with punctuality) so there was a small wait, but soon enough the time came and off Kyler went with a whole load of other auditionees…

So while Kyler was auditioning we had a good few hours to kill, so off Jaycee and I went to start what I was yet to realise was going to be an expensive day… so highly unusually (Not!!) Jaycee was hungry so first stop was Maccy D’s for breakfast, I had a breakfast wrap and Orange juice, Jaycee settled for pancakes and orange juice!

Then it was off around the shops, first stop was Primark to see if we could find Jaycee some boots, but couldn’t, then we headed to Game where we picked up a few new games for the Xbox One, Skylanders Swap Force with a portal of power and a swap force character and Lego Marvel Super Heroes then to Costa coffee for my much needed coffee, gotta love Costa, and picked up some cakes (naughty I know but I’ll be smashing it on the gym tomorrow and every morning as ever!) and then a slow walk back to the theatre just in case Kyler was finished early, which it turned out he wasn’t.

So after a good wait around out they all came and we were all informed that decisions would be made on Friday so now we wait for the decisions, inside information from Chloe (Who was also auditioning) Jaydan’s friend was that Kyler was “AMAZING”, so fingers crossed our cheeky little chappy will get a part in the show, will post about it if he does.

Broken Index Toe – Karate Injury

So a trip to the hospital confirmed that I have indeed broken my index toe and quite severely, if you are going to do a job do it right, right?

The original injury happened at karate a few weeks ago when I had a rather weighty collision with Lou’s shin in the dojo while free-styling and both going for a front kick, he was wearing full Muay Thai shin pads and was very bruised the next day so that gives you some idea of the actual impact.

My index toe which is actually longer than my big toe, due to a short metatarsal (so the doctor informed me) took the full brunt of the impact head on, lets say some very violent choice words were shouted in my head (swearing is forbidden in the dojo) and lots of hopping around occurred straight after the impact, I did carry on and went for another bout after but the true realisation about what happened probably didn’t set in till the adrenalin had worn off and I was sat at home with ice on it, and of course the following day!

So it takes 3 weeks to heal a toe, I was at about 2.5 weeks today till BAAAAM, I stubbed my toe in the gym… fool, that REALLY hurt I can tell you, and what was worse was I had to head to a meeting in Brighton and hobble around all day, I had to go to the hospital when I finished my meetings, and yes, confirmed, my toe is DEFINITELY broken, the X-Ray says it all huh!!

So hear I am again, another 3 weeks, is it going to slow me down, it should do, will it really, probably not!!

Will I ever learn, will I hell, one life… LIVE IT!!

Jaycee’s First Broken Bone!!

Who would think getting down from your bunkbed in your own bedroom would result in lots of pain and a broken bone in your arm!!

It was nearly bedtime when it happened and Daddy was about to leave for karate so luckily was upstairs and as i did it and screamed in lots of pain he was able to pick me up from the funny position i seemed to be in, i had a ice pack on my arm and some pain killers and i sat with mummy for a hour and it felt a lot better, it was my best friends Faye’s birthday tomorrow so i really wanted to go to school as we was going bowling and for something to eat after!

In the morning my arm was a little sore but i could move all my fingers and wrist i said I wanted to go to school (i didn’t want to miss Faye’s party) so off i went, after the party which was great fun and once i got home mummy looked at my arm again and it was still a bit sore so we headed off to go and get it checked at the hospital, as soon as we got there i had a x-ray and then we had to wait for the results, while we was waiting i started to read a book it was quite a wait and i managed to get 6 pages from the end of the book!

When we were called in the DR said that there was a break in the bone and showed us the x-ray, it was broken all the way through the Radius bone!! Ouch!!

So we had to wait for the lady to put a half plaster cast on my arm, Mummy said are you pleased your going to get a plaster now? I was really :)

Off home we went and it was gone 1am by the time we got home so mummy put me in bed and said i would be having a day off tomorrow! …. In the night i somehow took off the plaster cast?!? So we had to go back to hospital in the morning so they could put a better one on which was a bit tighter, we was in and out in 20mins which was great :)

We went home and watch a film together Malificent which was great!!

Back again next Wednesday!