Sunday, June 21, 2009

blog change

As only so much of my life is devoted to actual trekking, I've decided to open the format up a bit to include general fitness.

I'd let myself get up to a staggering 260 lbs according to the scales at my doctor's office (several of which I've lost back in the last few months). Now, weight isn't everything, but that's just too much.

I was mowing the lawn several weeks back when a Korean fellow working the neighborhood offered me free Tae Kwon-Do lessons. As he approached, he saw me sweating profusely in the heat and actually asked if I was okay. heh (Really, I must've looked like hell.)

We scheduled a time, which I had to reschedule after falling while tree climbing. (People I know say I'm too old, too big, etc. to be climbing trees. I don't really argue with them, but I basically disagree. Falling wasn't cool, but I'm 38, not 98.)

When I finally made it to the Martial Arts Academy, I was really impressed by the staff and atmosphere. I accepted a month of free lessons, but applied for membership on my second visit and moved up from "no belt" to "white belt" (accepted as a student, basically) after several days.

Each session is different from the others in detail, and the main topics vary from week to week. But there's plenty of stretching, punching, kicking, sprinting, sparring, breathing exercises, etc. in a given class session.

I've even taken an interest in the Korean language, but that's another blog.

They say I have a decent roundhouse kick for a beginner.

This is me sweaty and proud with my new white belt after class the other day.

From TKD

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