Martial arts are a great leveler. Whenever you start feeling confident you grade and go back to feeling like a total novice again.
Taekwondo classes start back up tonight after a two week break. First session as a yellow belt, and the double grading means there’s a lot to learn!
Also, flexibility. Turns out that at 32 years of age I basically have none. I need to set myself a goal, something tangible. How about…photographic evidence of me doing the splits in, say, 5 weeks?!
Yeah, let’s do it 🙂
So I flicked my grading instructor a message for my result over the weekend, and was totally blown away by his reply – the grading panel gave me something called an ‘unrequested double grading’ (which I barely knew existed), which skips me straight from white… Read More
First Taekwondo grading, done! What an experience. I felt totally out of my comfort zone, but I moved with as much conviction as I could during the night. 110% effort and focus for every movement – I still felt clunky and my muscles still forgot… Read More
Last time I went through one of these I was 4 feet tall, had a pack of WWF cards in my back pocket, and spent my downtime playing an Atari. Time is a funny thing.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. – Lao-tzu Three months into my Taekwondo training and I feel like I’m standing at the foot of a mountain. It’s equally daunting and exhilarating – I haven’t really gone anywhere yet, but I’m… Read More