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:
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.