TWISTED if you tried to explain to someone who didn't understand, why my boys like to put on a stretchy little suit that resembles a woman's swimsuit with legs, and roll around a mat in a stinky cafeteria or gym once a week. I actually believe they are learning great skills for defending themselves and building strength and confidence. My real problem is in the watching.
TWIST their bodies up until either they or their opponent makes one wrong move and then BAM they are done. Stuck in a position that they physically are incapable of getting out of. The winner has complete control and the looser is stuck on their back. When my boys loose and I've watched them struggle and fight to remove themselves from someone else's control but just can't get away, I'm tense for a good 30 minutes afterwards and wonder if I'll throw up. When they win I feel relief, but always scan the crowd sympathetically looking for the mother who just watched her son get TWISTED up by mine.
TWISTED as my stomach may get, it really isn't all that bad. At least that's what I keep telling myself.
10 months ago