Tagged: beginning

A Reflection on Starting Fresh

My hands don’t belong here. I moved them from up by my cheeks to further out in front of me. Wow. That kick was atrocious. My standing foot was pointed 90 degrees the wrong way, my foot position in the...

Protection

“Feet together – one bow.” I remembered how to do that, at least. I was standing on the mats of a dojo for the first time since I gave up karate lessons at age twelve, doing my best to copy...

Dear Advanced Students: Knock it off!

Dearest advanced martial arts students, We need to have a quick chat. Perhaps you, like myself, have attended a beginner class and acted as either an assistant instructor or a more experienced partner for a new student.  It’s great fun!...

Different Words, Same Language

About 4 months ago my boyfriend and I took up learning swing dancing. We were learning from our friend Sarah, and recently we all attended a swing dancing clinic weekend in Omaha. We had a ton of fun, and what...

Starting Fresh

In October 2014 we left our martial arts school. It’s complicated. It’s painful. But I felt I had no other choice than to immediately evacuate. The leaving was hard. I wondered if I’d be able to continue on in Hapkido. Hapkido is...

Big Falls Are My Jam

I love falling. Not the trip-on-the-cat falling or the biff-on-the-ice falling, but oh, you know, getting swept up and/or tossed into the air by my trusty Hapkido partner.  One moment I’m sure-footed, the next I’m tipping. Shortly thereafter my feet...

[Advice] Finding My Kiai

I wonder what it is about yelling a kiai doesn’t feel right to you. I know you’re not alone in having an aversion or strange feeling about yelling in martial arts class.  In order to become more comfortable exploring this...

You Are Needed

You are needed. Sometimes we can feel so different, that we feel we don’t belong.  We can feel that we’re not needed, that we’re a burden, that others must tolerate us without any benefit in return.  Sometimes we can get this...

Fear

I think it it’s safe to say that you will experience fear several times in your life and maybe especially in martial arts.  Sometimes you’re afraid of being physically hurt, other times it’s less tangible things that seem to hold...

Learn By Watching In Three Easy Steps

I love getting thrown by the teacher.  You can watch and try and practice with a partner, but getting thrown by a person who’s mastered the technique? The best lesson.  Learn it from the inside out, feel the visually inscrutable...