Martial Arts

January 30, 2008 at 9:29 am | Posted in exercise, martial arts | 7 Comments

Well, I’ve done it again. I’ve started taking martial arts classes again.

It’s been 15 years or more since I’ve studied Isshinryu karate at Jersey Judo Karate Kai in Mine Hill, NJ and Oak Ridge, NJ under Sensais Norris and Wargo, respectively. I studied there for a few years in my late teens, more sporadically once I started college.

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve studied Aikido at the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ under Sensai Skinner. I studied there for about two years, but I regrettably stopped training to concentrate in grad school. It was the right choice to make at the time, but I wish it wasn’t necessary.

And now, after living 1 1/2 years in the north country, I have settled on Tae-Kwon-Do. It’s really the only game in town. There are other styles, but the drive is far, and the instructor who teaches on campus, Andrea Malik, comes highly recommended. Her students seem friendly and serious about their training.

And it’s sure more of a physical workout that Aikido ever was. I’ve had one class, and my heart was racing, I was out of breath, and I pulled a muscle doing a turn kick (roundhouse). I’m a little sore, but it’s a good sore, and it’s the first I’ve felt it in a long time.

So, Tae-Kwon-Do it is. Woo-hoo!


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