Somewhere in the beginning of the school year Joseph first heard about ninjas from some of the other kids. I tried to explain to him that historically ninjas are spies and assassins and their job description includes sabotage and killing people, making it not really the nicest thing in the world to play. I guess it's hard to grasp that concept when you're already used to playing with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Lego Ninjago toys. To kids these days, ninjas fight the bad guys and do really cool martial arts moves.
As far as I'm aware, there aren't any local places specializing in teaching the art of ninjutsu, so we took Joseph on Saturday to demo Tae Kwan Do (which originates in Korea. Huh, I did not know that.) at a studio right across the street from his school.
For whatever reason he was really, really hesitant about doing it, but the instructors were so incredibly kind and encouraging that he did just jump right in at the beginning of class (purple pants and all) and wound up loving every second of it.
As soon it was over he marched right over to us and say "OK, I will do it" without our even asking. So we signed him up, and now we are the proud parents of a little ninja in training.