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Kung Fu Dad!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Well, just when I didn't think I could add any more to my plate....

....our younger boy (#2 son), declared that he wants to start taking karate lessons.....with me!!

There's a bit of a story here....

Many years ago (1999) we lived in Montgomery, AL. While there, I had a fairly easy schedule, and so my older boy (#1 son) and I signed up for Karate lessons at a nearby dojo. He was 13, I was 39, and many years prior (1980) I had earned a black belt....it was just a matter of brushing off the old skills....even though I had let them all slide!

So #1 son and I took classes 3-4x/week and we both got better. We practiced, we tested, we earned higher ranking belts, and we drove all over the Southeastern United States entering tournaments. It was fun and it's something he and I still talk about today.

Enter 2013.

Our #2 son has some developmental disabilities, both cognitive and physical....and he's the sweetest kid on the planet. Before Christmas, SWMBO was driving him around town shopping for XMAS presents, and as they passed a Karate school, he tells her, "Hey maybe Dad and I can sign up for Karate classes like he did with brother"

She comes home and tells me to go find a Karate school because I'm taking lessons with #2 son!

He's 20 and, at 54, I'm a pretty fit guy. I lift weights, I take spin classes, I kick some pretty hardcore ass in the gym....but my flexibility is shot

Add to that the fact that in 2010 I had hip "resurfacing" surgery (a slightly less drastic procedure than a replacement), I'm not so sure I can double roundhouse someone to the side of the head anymore!

ANYWAY.....today, SWMBO, #2 son, and I went to see 4 different Karate schools within a 5 mile radius of our house.

Times have changed!

Some offered 2 free classes, one wanted me to sign up for a "3 year Blackbelt Leadership Plan" (Only $13,000 for the 2 of you or $10,500 if you sign up and pay cash today!), another had a roomful of 5 year olds bashing each other with "nerf rods"......yeah, like I need THAT!

At 4:00, we went to a Korean Tae-Kwon-Do dojo where "Master Nam" had offered to give us a private 30 minute introductory class. We loosened up, then he covered the basics. #2 son gave it his best shot, but, like any beginner, he has a long way to go.

Monday night, we're trying out a Brazilian Ju-Jitsu place. This involves a lot more grappling and floor work, as well as close in combat skills. I feel a little more drawn to this.....like I said, I don't see myself (or #2 son) doing any fake reverse double flying tornado kicks....but I can grab someone and wrestle them to the ground while I twist a joint or two!

I guess by the end of this week, we'll make a decision on who we're signing up with.

So another workout adventure starts.....hey, maybe my long awaited dream of being able to get 2 workouts in a day is finally coming true!!

Have a great night Spark friends!
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  • FANGFACEKITTY
    Kii-ya Dad!

    TKD is pretty close to my style, flexibility will return.

    You know Chuck Norris once kicked a horse in the chin. It's descendants are known today as "giraffes".
    983 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go Dad!! I'm sure you and your sone will have a blast. Hope you decide on the Brazilian martial arts program. It's truly Kick Ass!!
    985 days ago
  • GREENGENES
    Way to go Dad!
    985 days ago
  • CLAIREINPARIS
    You are a wonderful Dad, and your son will never forget these classes!
    985 days ago
  • NANCYANNE55
    VERY cool! How old is #2 son?
    986 days ago
  • BEATLETOT
    Oh, you'll have to keep us updated! I'm very excited for you and for son!!! What a sweet family...I don't think my folks would ever have done anything like that with us.
    986 days ago
  • SAFARIBABE
    Have you considered Tai Chi? It's not just the slow-paced exercise you see the little old people doing in the park. It has extensive martial arts applications, including a sword form and it will rock your flexibility in no time! BTW...don't mess with those little old people in the park!
    986 days ago
  • STRONG_SARAH
    What a great Dad! You are doing the right thing, I hope you can go easy on your joints though, they're the only ones you get!
    986 days ago
  • BERGBA7
    Fantastic! The reward of doing this with your son will be immense! I wish you lots of fun. Life passes by and work is only one part of it...this memories will stay for a long long time!
    Wishing you lots of newly found flexibility!
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    986 days ago
  • IRISHBEANERGAL
    Way to go, Super Dad. Your son will love this, and you will gain some valuable time with him - and some flexibility (bonus).

    Can't wait to hear how it goes!

    ~Irish
    986 days ago
  • ADVENTURESEEKER
    Way to go! That's an exciting and new adventure for you. A shared experience where you and your son get to work out together in a different way than you have been for the last how long, building memories and muscles. How exciting!
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    986 days ago
  • HEALTHIERKEN
    Way to go, DAD!
    No matter which you choose, you'll give #2 Son the great bonding and special memories he so admires in your relationship with #1. Kudos to you for being 'up' for this in spite of changes to Ye Olde Body : )

    986 days ago
  • HANSBRINK
    You must (!) make son #2 listen to Carl Douglas "Kung fu fighting" on the way to practice. Hope you have fun making the decision on which style to pursue.

    cheers!
    986 days ago
  • WOUBBIE
    LOL! Guess your flexibility is going to be improving soon!

    (((hugs))) to you for being such a good dad!

    My older son is a Junior Black Belt - it took a long time to get there but it was so worth it in so many ways. (Younger son made 4 belt levels and would still be attending if... well, too long of a story, but we had to quit going. Wish he had been able to continue.)

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  • ACCEPTHECHLNGE
    I like the fact that you and SWMBO are taking the time to find the RIGHT karate studio for #2 son. I know how busy you are with your job, your many workouts, and other commitments. The special bond you will create, like with your #1 son, is not only a life lesson, but will always be one of the best memories for the young man. I salute you!
    986 days ago
  • JUNEAU2010
    I hope you find something that gives your son just what he needs and wants (in addition to time with you!)
    986 days ago
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