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Why Karate?


practicing some of the moves of a sai kata.

practicing some of the moves of a sai kata.


A lot of people ask me why I got into karate, especially at my age, being a girl, etc.  I didn’t decide to do it out of the blue. Gary, my husband got interested because some of his friends at work were doing it, so he joined. I had just had knee surgery, so I didn’t join right away, but he was asking me to go. When my knee got better I joined and I loved it. Allow me to enumerate the reasons:

  1. Physical fitness and ability. Through karate and the requirements necessary to perform the moves, I have had to work out on a daily basis. I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was 20.
  2. Appearance. Building all those muscles and learning how to carry myself better does not hurt the looks. I have gotten “wolf whistled” in the past year.  I wonder if the young man who did it would get embarrassed if he knew how old I was!
  3. Confidence. I’m not crazy, I never forget how small I am, but knowing how to fight gives me more confidence  in confrontations. Anyone who is a small woman, especially those who has had physical assaults in the past, would understand how important that is.
  4. Grace. This is more intangible, but it feels so good to be in touch with my body. I love doing the kata’s and feeling how my body moves and meeting my expectations of how a move should be performed.  I suppose dancing would give me the same thing, but I wouldn’t get all the other benefits from dance.
  5. Exercising the brain!!! This is one form of exercise that engages your brain. You have to memorize all the katas and techniques, and there are a lot of them.

So there you are. I hope to be doing karate till I die. I hated my body when I was younger. I was well aware I had no hobbies that involved exercise. Now I went from making friends with my body to loving it. I love being fully integrated, with a strong mind- body connection.

My very first post

Since this is my first post,  I thought I would use it to define myself and what this blog will be.  I originally wanted to name it “too many hobbies”, but that was already taken. However, that is me.  I don’t define myself by my work or my children, I define myself by my extra-curricular activities.

Here they are:

  • Christianity- I won’t blog as much about that, as I certainly don’t care for religious arguments, but it certainly influences everything else
  • Fiber- this would be stuff you spin, not eat.  Wool mostly, since it is the easiest to get and use, but other things as well. This incorporates dyeing, weaving, knitting, spinning, carding, etc, etc. Not much felting though, I’m not into that as much.
  • Karate – I am a bit obsessive about this. I’m not a violent person, I just love the moves and how it feels to perform them. I do have to admit, I love hitting “Bob”. (the dummy) If I had more time, I would take ju jitsu too.
  • Horses- not as much about them. I’m ambivalent about them. I have a 4 year old, and I am riding him, but I
    me sitting on a three year old black morgan horse.

    Romeo last year

    am feeling a bit timid. He is well behaved, but I am not young.

  • Fitness and nutrition- I am obsessed with these topics, fueled by the karate and the fear of death. Ok, I’m a Christian, so not death per se, but of dying, especially of the loss of functioning that occurs with age. I don’t have the greatest family history in that regard, so I am a living experiment in nature vs nurture.
  • Politics- again, a minor topic. Too many people spend way too much time discussing politics, but I will vent here when it drives me absolutely bat-tastic-crazy.
  • Miscellaneous- reading, archery, maybe hunting if my husband talks me into it. Small amount about kids (grown).  Maybe some sewing if I work up the nerve. Movies, but only if they really impress me, good or bad.       Has anyone seen “Hero”? A Chinese martial arts movie. Chinese martial arts movies are an acquired taste, but so beautiful.

So, that is about the size of it all. I hope someone will enjoy reading it.

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