They say never to start a post with your opinion, but I can’t help it. Personally, I think this little girl is BAD ASS amazing. And the controversy? The by-product of a gender bias that says that little girls shouldn’t engage in aggressive behavior.
Excerpt from MNN.comNBC’s Martin Fletcher reports on an Australian father who’s taking some heat after he put his daughter in a kickboxing ring with another girl, and encouraged the 8-year-old to continue fighting after being knocked down.
By the way, when they say ‘knocked-down’, they mean she fell. Then got back up. She cried a little (I would to). She wasn’t hurt. They kept fighting & it was a tie. She smiled. That was it. Sensational headline not so much.
Things have changed, and tomboy girls everywhere are free to play their sports, soccer, even baseball to their hearts content. But kickboxing? Too much apparently. We still prefer our girls on a ballet stage than a boxing ring.
We’re not talking about fight club here. We’re talking about age appropriate skills & rules, used with caution, in a supervised ring (take a look at the video below).
Here’s the thing…
Firstly, the girl clearly LOVES what she’s doing (skip ahead to watch her BAD-ASS pushups with a clap!). Her smile says it all.
Second, all children who participate in sports (including dancing) risk injury. In this case, the injury they refer to was not even remotely serious, and did not require more than a few seconds rest. I’ve seen children require more care on the playground than this little toughie needed in the ring.
Why is this even a problem? When you do training like this you’re taught that it’s never okay to purposely hurt someone unless it’s absolutely necessary. If they’re worried that she’s going to get hurt, so what? Kids get hurt, it’s practically in their job description. What about Little League and other kids sports that I can’t remember because I was never a part of them? I know there are girls on those teams, so we cut them because the poor dainty flowers can’t hold up? What’s next take away girls who grow up in a household of guys? Because I know my brothers never went easy on me just because I was female. Girls survive and even flourish. If she’s having fun, what’s their problem?
I know this is getting long winded, but I could have used lessons like this when I was her age. It’s no coincidence that my self-esteem spiked after I started kickboxing in my mid-teens. I was a painfully shy and overly-sensitive child. Add to those facts that I have always been large and you have a good recipe for being bullied on a daily basis. I had an extremely low sense of self-worth. A 10 year old should never be diagnosed with sever depression! If I’d had the confidence to stand up straight and be proud of myself (even if it was for beating a bag) it would have helped me a lot. Besides, some of those boys deserved a good right hook to the face.
- Walk your dog for 30 minutes
- Play soccer for 14 minutes
- Host a dinner party for 40 minutes (but watch what you eat!)
- Jump on the trampoline for 10 minutes
- Rollerskate for 12 minutes
- Rockclimb for 9 minutes
- Weed the garden for 21 minutes
- Play guitar for 31 minutes
- Take a hike for 16 minutes
- Tread water for 10 minutes
I’m going to have to weed the flower beds more often.
Which is why I never write in anyone’s ask :(
I use to feel that way but I’m making more of an effort these days with personal entries and leaving more comments for others. A lot of people are really nice and will write back if you let them know you’re interested. Too many people add someone just to get more followers so you really do have to take that extra step and let them know you actually read their posts.
Don’t get discouraged if someone snaps at you or doesn’t acknowledge when you write to them. There are lot of reason why it happened and most of the time it had nothing to do with you. Just keep trying and eventually you’ll find someone who is interested in talking to you.
I started the 2nd week of the Fit & Fabulous challenge today instead of yesterday. I was still in pain from all the lunges I did on Sunday. I hate lunges, they kill my knees, but I decided to do them anyway because I wanted to give 100% to this program. After my run today I can proudly say that my rear and calves are now killing me. At least I know it’s working, I’ve already noticed new definition in my thighs.
- Eat better, not necessarily less
- Exercise hard
- Don’t deprive yourself of things you like to eat. No, that one muffin won’t make you gain 5 pounds. It’s called a treat.
- Make sure you are getting all the essential nutrients - eat enough calories.
- Good food shouldn’t make you feel guilty. Search for ways to make your favourite foods healthier.
My dash is getting littered on a daily basis with people making passive aggressive (and in some instances out right vicious) comments about other people’s food, workouts, inspiration, stats; you name it it’s bitched about. Why are there are so many people getting a superiority complex over dieting?!
Stop trying to bully people into your lifestyle!
Just be happy that we all have the same goal to get healthy. It doesn’t matter that it’s not your way. Unless they specifically asked for help, someone else’s weight loss is none of your business. If you have so little tolerance for other people and the way they do things then unfollow them!
Many in the field are pushing a new method called the Body Adiposity Index (BAI). It calculates your height and hip circumference and is suppose to be a lot more precise. If you’re interested to see how one compares against the other I found a website that does just that.
Unless they’re surrounded by a muffin, waffle or pancake. Then they’re acceptable but that nullifies the point of eating a healthy snack.
Sometimes after pilates or yoga I like to lay on the floor and stretch out, and when I do I have this odd habit of rubbing my ribs. I finished a long session earlier and was doing my typical rub down when I felt where my middle had a new deep concave to it. I started freaking out and refused to move. I kept rubbing it and was starting to wonder if I should try to call someone for help when it finally hit me. It’s the bottom of my ribs.
Stupid right? It should have been obvious but I’ve been obese my entire life so no matter how fit I was I have never been able to actually feel under them before. So the good news is that even though the scale is crawling at a snails pace it’s obvious that I’m losing a lot of internal fat. The bad news is that I just proved no matter how smart you are you will do stupid things.
If they don’t plan on committing and making this a life long change then why are they bothering? I’m not talking about the people who it takes 10, 30, 70 tries to finally get it right. I’m talking about the people who are so incompetent that they really believe that they can lose all their weight in a few of months and afterward will magically be blessed with the metabolism of of a fourteen year old Thia girl. If you gained weight eating something before a diet, it will still make you gain weight after the diet.
Same goes for people who ask how you’ve lost weight and then after hearing your well thought out explanation reply with “OMG I could never do that!” As if you were going to tell them about some amazing diet pill that only the elite few know about instead of a real plan with real work and sacrifice.
If they don’t want to put in the effort then don’t, it’s their choice and I’m not going to judge someone who’s happy with how they look no matter what size they are. But people need to stop being so lazy and trying to find the easy path that doesn’t exist. Trust me, if it did I would have found it by now.
Sorry, a handful of people have pissed me off tonight and I felt the need to tell the entire Fitblr community about it.
Did anyone else start the Fit & Fabulous challenge? I have to admit I mocked it a little in the beginning. It looks so simple on paper but those intervals were intense. For my cardio I chose a mix of running and speed walking on my treadmill, and was thrilled to see that I had cleared 1.5 miles in less then 24 minutes. That’s just a little short of my personal best. I’m so impressed that I’ve decided to make my July goal to run a 10 minute mile.
Why do we even have health food stores? Most of the products sold at them should be on a grocery shelf, available whenever you need them. Why instead isn’t there a junk food store? That way when people decide they want to pick up some Twinkies or Oreos they’re the ones who have to go out of their way and pay twice what it’s worth.
=[ i ate some last week
Don’t beat yourself up, my brothers love those little bits of tasty death and they’re still alive. I just wanted to point out the disgusting extremes the junk food industry will go to in order to cut a few financial corners. You would think egg, flour, water and seasoning would be enough for a crispy batter coating.
REBLOG IF YOU DON’T GIVE A FLYING FUCK ABOUT A GAP BETWEEN YOUR THIGHS!
Go ahead and tell these ladies they’d look better with a god damn thigh gap…
…just saying. ;]
Aside from no more chaffing, what is the big deal anyway? I’ve known super thin girls 1/3 my size whose legs were thicker than mine. Even at my largest the only part of my legs that touch is the very top of my inner upper-thighs, but that’s because I have long legs and wide hips. Even when I finish losing my weight they still might touch and it’s fine. What’s a gap compared to being able to shop in a regular clothing store? Refusing to settle until your thighs no longer make contact may be setting some girls up for failure and body image issues. Some people just aren’t built that way.