Life Humor – Horrible Idea

Sometimes you know it’s a bad idea…but it’s your best friend and. . .what the hell, right? Living on the edge?

This window sign speaks to the teenage renegade in us all in a fun, lighthearted way. Find the person you can do this with in life, and you’re golden. ūüôā

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Martial Arts Humor – Preparation (And The Benefit Of Martial Arts in Life)

I have to say, Mr. Rogers, you let me down! 

The streets here are not exactly tame, depending on the block¬†–¬†happy-go-lucky mindlessness and handing out “hi, neighbor!”s is a surefire way to get in (possibly serious) trouble.

When I began Martial Arts, it wasn’t because I wanted to be “badass” or that I thought I’d need to fend of a gaggle of muggers, necessarily. ¬†I was a lifetime athlete – primarily a performing one (ballroom dancing, figure skating, ballet, and the like) – and I wanted to up the ante. ¬†I wanted more power, newness, and something that combined athleticism with artistry (which figure skating, for one, manages by default.)

That said, I was enamored of Martial Arts in general from an incredibly young age. ¬†It had nothing to do with being a female, by the way – I’ve never felt that I couldn’t achieve the same thing the “boys” did, and in sports the men were more my idols than the women. ¬†The grace and fluidity were something my body already knew how to create inherently, but the power and strength of male athletes inspired me on a¬†whole other level. ¬†

Martial Arts movies were common enough in our household Рolder brother = badassery.  And watching them, in and of themselves, made me feel empowered Рimagine being able to do those things, and hold my own, for myself?!

I didn’t start (Taekwondo, Hapkido, dabble of Kumdo) until the third decade of Life, but I still don’t think that was “too late.” My current Arts are Ninjutsu / Ninpo, and Brazilian Gracie Jui-Jitsu. I feel that the combination of the former, and being in a new, and much tougher city than those I’ve lived in before, has prompted me to develop and even stronger situational awareness. ¬†I notice my surroundings, but also am more attuned to the details – how someone is walking, if they are carrying something, if they look in shape and strong, or less able. . . It’s sort of just “there” and it makes me feel even more thankful for my training.

I can’t say whether or not my muscle memories would kick in – I certainly hope so – but I definitely know I am far more prepared than the average person, and have some chance of submitting, escaping, keeping my life. I’m also more aware in general, a direct¬†result¬†training with people, so I can possibly be more proactive.

It may not always be a “beautiful day in the neighborhood” much that my happy-empath spirit would like it to be.¬†Mr. Rogers let a little me down but I picked up the slack and have trained my ass off in the last ten years just in case a “hi, neighbor” leans a little too hostile¬†for my taste!

 

Martial Arts Humor – Unnecessary Injury

It isn’t exactly funny. . .but interesting that there are so many memes about this!

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I’ve been talking about this a lot lately – I simply have no interest in partnering with students who want to go full-bore. ¬†The purpose of my training is to learn techniques, to replicate them properly in order to create the correct muscle memory. ¬†I’m NOT interested in going bananas, and cranking my partner’s limbs…OR my own!

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Don’t get me wrong, rolling, kicking, sparring, punching…at your full potential is great too, of course! – but this is more with respect to when we are specifically training techniques. ¬†I see (and sadly have FELT) rushing far more than I’d personally like – you can’t go at a snail’s pace for sure, but unless you solidly have the technique, it’s important to be mindful. ¬†

When you are in a class and learning techniques designed not only to lock joints, but flat-out BREAK them, staying in FULL CONTROL of your body and movement is integral.

Along with that? Keeping yourself tidy – again, mindfulness – so that you don’t put your partner at unnecessary risk (yes, I have had my face gouged my nails. “Ugh, your DNA is under my nail!” my partner said. ¬†My response wasn’t so cheeky, as I wiped the blood off my face.) ¬†Cleanliness and grooming matter when you are in a close contact sport.

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These days, I’d rather say, “slow down,” “hold looser,” or “dude, maybe you want to partner with someone else.”¬†

More substantial Рavoidable Рinjuries?  NO THANKS!