First, a little shield blocking with a handy boogie board. Actually, first is getting a hold of the boogie board. That was tough stuff.
It went a bit better with John behind the shield.
During a lesson about how to fight from one’s knees, Lily had a bit of trouble holding on to her weapon. John really needs to reconsider how he builds his grips.
Back on their feet, they practiced form. Lily is very anti-form. Her style is more swing like crazy, try not to get hit. Methodical she is not.
She tries really hard and she’s very enthusiastic though. Plus, you can’t deny she’s insanely adorable.
John decided it was time for Lily to pick on someone her own size. We had to roust Aidan from his bedroom to that end. As I’ve mentioned, these lessons weren’t meant for him originally. He seems pretty interested, though, and it’s really handy to have someone who is about the same build for Lily to spar with.
Sometimes they even look they’re enjoying each other’s company and that’s beautiful. Other times Lily gets her can-you-believe-I-have-to-hang-out-with-my-little-brother look on her face.
Usually that’s when she’s tired of chasing him all over the yard. The kid hates to swing. He loves to retreat.
He looks uncomfortable standing his ground, I can only hope that that’ll change with practice.
Maybe Lily will learn to temper her strikes and in three years she can fight for real. If, you know, she wants to.
And I don’t know about Dan. Maybe he’ll get into it, too. Except, he’s got nearly 5 years to wait. Lots of practice time.
In the mean time, lots of adorable pictures.