"I really don't want to learn anything new today."

This was the opening statement by my 13-year-old student.

You know. The one with the performance anxiety?

So I said, "Okay," and after warmups proceeded to teach her six new techniques. She didn't balk. I saw a lot of eye rolling, sighing, wrong moves (clearly on purpose) but I didn't go there with her, didn't give her a chance to talk about the fact she had told me how class was going to go tonight.

I further dropped a hint on her mom about how I'm having to do some serious letting go of my teen son so his needs are seen - raw - by professionals who can make recommendations for appropriate placement.

It is hard. So I planted a couple of seeds in my martial arts garden tonight. Will be curious to see how they sprout.


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