Our last stop today was to watch Matthew's karate class. Barbie and I heard that Matthew was in an advanced class before we went, but we had no idea what that meant. It wasn't until we saw the regular class begin in the back of the room that we gained an immediate appreciation for Matthew's skill level.
We watched Matthew perform some of the same movements that his big sister did, as well as the study of the mechanics of a kick. The regular class that was going on at the same time was full of children around Matthew's age, but they were doing little more than learning how to yell for help if a stranger approaches them. I agree that what those kids were learning is very important. However, the self discipline that Matthew displayed made both Barbie and I so proud of him!