Haru started her elementary school level gymnastics classes last month. Initially, I was contemplating moving her to a different school because I was not very satisfied with the lessons she was receiving from her current school. There were a quite a few unruly kids whose seemingly only purpose for being there is so that their parent(s) can get an hour to themselves to text message or play games on their phones. They obviously didn’t care whether their child can do a round off or cartwheel, but rather how good the signal quality in the gym was. Personally, although it was admittedly annoying to see these parent(s) more engulfed in what was being displayed on their phones rather than what their own kid was doing, I didn’t care too much about what they did. For each is own. However, I get thoroughly annoyed when these disruptive kids take up valuable lesson time from the other kids when the teacher has to chase them around the gym, or when they are assigned a private instructor (which isn’t free according to their own homepage) for free, and to just make sure that they don’t run around and climb on the equipment. It takes away so much from the kids who genuinely want to learn and become good at what they do.
I thought that moving up into the elementary school level classes would change all this, and for the most part it has changed somewhat. Since this class goes from first grade all the way up the sixth grade, I figured that there would be some kids who would be really good -I mean near competition level good, but unfortunately the older kids aren’t that much better than Haru. As a matter of fact, in a matter of a few weeks, she has pretty much come very close to what the sixth graders are doing, and to some respect, she can do more than they can do. Normally, Haru should be in the first grade group, but she is in the second grade group, and she still out performs everyone in her group. The next level is the third grade and up group, but since the kids are physically so much bigger than Haru, I think the instructors are reluctant in advancing her up another age group. So for now, I am just going to wait it out…after all, it’s only been a month.
Every third Sunday of the month, Haru’s cheerleading class holds a special tumbling class for girls who want to improve their tumbling skills. The tumbling coach is really good and pretty much taught Haru all of her tumbling moves. This coach also has his own tumbling classes on Monday evenings. Haru has been wanting to go to his tumbling class, but it had been full for a long time, plus its held pretty late in the evenings, so my wife would have had a hard time taking her. This month, some students advanced up into the advanced classes, leaving a couple of openings in the classes. I thought this would be a really good opportunity for Haru to advanced her skills and give her a better chance to finally overtake even the older kids and move up in her gymnastics class.
Since my work schedule is pretty flexible, I am able to come home fairly early now and take Haru to the tumbling classes, so it was a done deal. We signed Haru up for tumbling classes once a week every Monday. The only drawback is that parents are allowed to watch only on the fourth Monday of the month, which I thought was a strange policy, but its perfect because my gym is only two blocks away. This gives me an opportunity to workout and get free parking (since free parking comes with gym membership), while Haru does tumbling. Its a win-win for everyone!
This is a video of what Haru was doing in class. She was the only one in her gym class to be able to do this. In contrast, almost everyone in her tumbling class can do this. Although still not perfect, she is improving everyday.
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