I love it!
I started out doing karate in 1998. I left Australia in 2001, just 3 months shy of my black belt grading. I moved to Korea and took up Taekwondo (when in Rome...) which I also really enjoyed, especially because of all the kicking. I got my 1st dan there and was training for my second dan but once again, skipped the country before I could grade
When I came back to Australia, I went back to my old karate club but I didn't enjoy it anymore. All the people I used to train with left and I didn't connect with anyone there so I quit. I had to start back at white belt until I could prove I was worthy of a 1st kyu brown belt! Took about six months but I got back there.
In Feb this year I started back at Taekwondo and I'm really enjoying it. It's a really relaxed club and the people are great. I started in the white belt classes because it's been about three years since I did it and I've forgotten all of my poomsae, plus this club has specific self defence drills etc. I've never done before and have to pick up. But they let me wear my black belt cos TKD is the same the world over - not that I care about that - I just do it because I like the training. They want me to do my 2nd dan grading in December, but I don't think I'll be ready, so I'll hold off until next year.
I really enjoy it because it's empowering (heaven help the person who ever jumps me
) and I am frequently amazed by the things my body can do and the limits that can be pushed.
I think I've reached a plateau - I won't get any better at it. I'm over competitive stuff now and have retired from sparring and just do it for 'maintenance'. It's good to see some of the young 'uns there getting right into it, competing, trying out for state teams etc.
I've done other bits and pieces along the way - a bit of kung fu and kickboxing. I was sooo bad at kung fu - it's beautiful to watch others doing it well - I was just unco and a bit too chubby when I did it - definitely one for the slim and lithe
So Immortal - what's your poison and how did you start?
Just keep moving! And don't be lazy...
SW: 74.3kg - 1/1/09
CW: 71.1kg - 3/5/09