Double Whammy Belt Test

For fitness (and fun), my family takes karate. I rejoined last year after a hiatus and immediately trained for the next belt, a most elusive color for me in martial arts: the Blue belt. One year later, to my surprise, the next belt test is a double-whammy!

The Sparring Fundraiser

This post is a little outside my usual topics, but I felt like sharing it anyways. I just participated in a very special event and am happy with how it turned out. It was a mixed-style martial arts sparring session for a good cause - raising support for a fellow martial artist’s family.

Anxious Dudes Anonymous

Something has bugged me for a while. In American culture, men are basically allowed to express only one emotion - anger. It's like an unspoken rule. Other emotions men have are downplayed or hidden. Somehow being emotional is linked to weakness or vulnerability.

Family Pummels Heavy Bag

My entire family of seven takes karate. We've been kickin' it Kyokushin style for a few years at the YMCA. The fitness is fun and challenging. To help with training, we bought a heavy bag! The first thing to notice is the color: in-your-face red! Not boring black. This heavy bag screams, "Alert, get fired... Continue Reading →

Excited For The Blue

After all these years, and after all the training and discipline, even in various martial arts, you know what? I finally got a blue belt! Yeah! Do you know what this means? I got blue! Ok. I take chill-pill now. But really! I still can hardly believe it. I just rejoined my karate class in... Continue Reading →

A Fight For Fitness

A week ago, I restarted my practice of martial arts - Kyokushin Karate. And of course, being winter and post-holiday season, I've gotta fight just to get fit...and be fit to fight. So I'm still in the "realizing-how-out-of-shape-I-am-phase." But at least I know what I need to work on: everything. And the older I get,... Continue Reading →

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