Last Christmas, Isaac was given a membership to study Taekwondo under Grandmaster S.H. Kang. He’s done really well and enjoys fighting and learning his forms (routines practitioners do to increase balance, focus, etc). I have seen him split a number of boards and he is learning how to defend himself very well.
It occurred to me that his teenage years are coming up. That time is, of course, always full of moody, brooding, hormonal fun. I suppose many parents lose touch with their kids when they become teenagers. TKD seems like an easy place where Isaac and I can find common ground so I started taking classes with him a couple of weeks ago. I figure the exercise will be good and Isaac and I get a chance to talk on the way to and from the training studio. If we ever find ourselves in a moody teenage fit or a dark alley, I also will have skills to…uh…calm the situation. Plus, this is really a great chance for each of us (esp as he gets bigger) to be all manly and tough and express frustration in a controlled way.
So, I started taking lessons and I am here to tell you, TKD is a serious cardio workout. I am not in bad shape but the free-fighting very nearly kills me each night. It’s just constant exertion and challenging balance maneuvers. I am certain that those movie scenes where people fight each other for several minutes is bogus (as if we needed evidence!) Unless you are in great shape, a real fight doesn’t last long without oxygen tanks nearby!
Anyhow, I am learning my stuff and trying to get more flexible. Isaac insists that I will have to bow to him when he becomes a black belt. He probably will beat me there since he has 8 months head start, but I remind him that another TKD rule is that kids essentially bow to their parents…this part is going to be interesting! Anyhow, I am here to tell you that even the stuff I thought looked simple is anything but…but at least I am covering my hind-end defense-wise and getting in better cardio shape so my Emily and the kids can enjoy me even longer!