For a while now I've been considering taking up a martial art as something I could do with Nathan and I think I've found a good fit. My son's life's ambition for quite some time now has been to become a Jedi Knight... this is in spite of my admonitions that as there are no such things as 'The Force" or light sabers, it would be difficult to actually become a Jedi. I've been reading a bit about Kendo (the art of Japanese sword fighting) and also discovered through a friend that there is a local Kendo dojo that is actually free! They practice outdoors (referred to as an aozora 'blue sky' dojo) in a park in Overland Park twice a week.
I am going to visit a couple of the practice sessions when we get a little nearer Spring and speak with the sensei (to see how he feels about a seven year old starting in his dojo). This will also give me time to save up a little for the equipment investment (bokken - wooden sword used for kata $20, shinai - split bamboo practice sword $20, keikogi/hakama - uniform $60, and then eventually when we get good... the bogu which is the Kendo armor $300!... all times 2... sword fighting with my kid - priceless).