Don’t sabotage my talk!
Posted: February 27, 2018
This past Sunday, I ran another quarterly in-house developmental tournament using what I call Judo America rules- no penalties, no terminal ippon, and no banned techniques. As players started filtering into the dojo, one of my dads approached me with his young son. He told me his son had fallen off his bike the previous day and skinned his knee. He brought his son to the tournament hoping that his son could compete, but was worried that he might bleed all over. I took a look at the “wound” and told his son to get on the mat and be ready to compete. It was pretty superficial.
A few minutes later, dad approached me again and filled in a few more details. His son didn’t want to compete since he was “mortally” wounded. Of course, dad was not having any of that. He wanted his son to be a man although junior is only 8 years old. So, that morning he talked to his son about how important it was to do his best in spite of the wound. Unfortunately, mom overheard dad encouraging their son to compete when he didn’t want to, so she told her son that it was OK if he didn’t want to compete. Exasperated, dad cried out, “Don’t sabotage my talk!” Priceless, isn’t it? Much to her credit, mom said that dad was right and her son should compete. This mom understood the message, but most moms wouldn’t have.