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.
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!