Hi Meltingpot Readers,
Big news in the Kinky Gazpacho house. The older son just received his yellow belt in Karate this week. And now the little one has started. He balked at first, but as soon as he got his official Karate uniform, he was hooked. Now, it's my turn. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, yours truly is ready to enter the dojo. My first class is tomorrow.
I know, I'm the girl who gets all excited about stuff and then two minutes later, I'm starting something else. I admit it. When it comes to exercise, I am a major flake. But I have a secret to share. I LOVE martial arts. For real. Bet you didn't know that I have a green belt in Tae Kwon Do? It's true, I do. After college, I stumbled on to a Tae Kwon Do studio, run by a young, female, Afro-Canadian, Olympic champion. I fell in love with the forms, the workout got me in the best shape ever, and the atmosphere in that Brooklyn dojo was fantastic and really empowering.
I want that again. As it turns out, my kids' sensei is also a Black female, and she's fierce but friendly. As my boys say, "Sensei Pat is no joke." Well, I'm hoping Sensei Pat can kick my butt into shape and I can keep up with my karate kids. I'm so excited that we'll all be able to share this activity. And no, El Esposo does not do karate. He tried it once, but it wasn't for him. But that's okay. I'm kind of stoked that mom's the one doing this physical activity with the kids. El esposo does all the other physical stuff with them.
And there is actually another reason I'm entering the dojo. I'm working on my YA novel and my 15-year old female main character is going to fall in love with karate. She was a ballerina but karate saves her. So I need to strike up the love affair again within myself, so I can translate it vividly on to the page. So in some ways, even if I want to quit, I have to keep going because technically this is research.
So, just wondering. Any of you dear readers have a good martial arts story for me? I'd love to hear why you love it or any positive experiences you gleaned from the practice.
Have a great weekend! Ki-Ya!