Watching My Child Growfebruary 21 2012
By Abigail Wulf - a very proud mom
As I watch Noah bound from the car with his broadsword swung across his back, I am moved by the enthusiasm he has developed for his training. Noah's first exposure to One with Heart was during the Summer Camps. His first day he was a bit timid and unsure if this was going to be something he would like. He was greeted by the instructors with such warmth and welcome, he became acclimated immediately. After the first week of summer camps, Noah was so enthusiastic about Poekoelan that I felt comfortable with my decision to have him participate in the Transported After School Program when school started.
Noah is now in his second year with the after school program. I have seen him grow exponentially. He is a Green Sash with the goal to continue his practice into adulthood. Noah has all the energy of an active 10 year old. Through his practice he has learned how to use and control his energy in a positive way. He now contributes to class rather than distracts from it. It was like a switch flipped at the beginning of this year. He looks forward to teaching and is excited about the possibility of leading a class in the future.
About a month ago I walked in to One with Heart to pick up Noah and there was a beautiful broadsword on the counter. Noah came around the corner, eagerly asking if he could participate in the lessons for broadsword. I was hesitant due to the time and monetary commitment this would mean for our family. For a couple of hours, Noah articulately stated his case as to why this would be important for his training and overall life skills. He then suggested the lessons be his birthday present, which at the time was 7 months away. Due to the confidence I have in his commitment to his practice and his persuasive arguments, I was thrilled to sign him up for the broadsword lessons.
Throughout his training, Noah has thrived. The skills he has learned are more than just movements. he has learned how to participate in a community. I credit One with Heart and its instructors with his ongoing success. He continues to amaze me with his dedication and passion to learn and participate in this art and community.
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