Here we go for another round of the September Blogging Challenge:
Just for future reference, I’ve done so many workout programs in my lifetime it’s ridiculous. I’ve done P90X, Turbo Fire, Yoga, running, and anything and everything else you can think of. After a couple weeks I always give up. I’ve never stuck to anything because I hate doing things daily. I hate doing things by myself. I’ve also never thought myself to be athletic. That was, up until a few weeks ago.
Recently, my dad opened a Martial Arts studio and invited me to join his beginner Judo class. I went, apprehensive that I’d do well, and found myself in a class with children a quarter of my age, wearing a gi that my dad wore before I was even born. I felt silly, uncoordinated, and confused for the majority of the first class. But I came back the following week, and I was a little better. And I came back a week later, having improved greatly, and really started to enjoy myself. Last Thursday night I stayed for the beginner class, and the intermediate class, where I was able to really start throwing people who were my size and bigger. I am now completely in love. I’m “doing great for a beginner” and it’s such an amazing stress relief. I love throwing and getting thrown. I love sweating (for the first time ever) and I am in love with the inability to move for days after practice.
This past week, I was able to get my very own gi. I wore the gi pants non-stop. They are so comfortable and now are super soft. I am starting to feel muscle growth for the first time in my life and I’m starting to feel like a real athlete. Judo is now one of my favorite things and I’m honestly quite sorry I didn’t learn sooner. I doubt I’ll ever go to tournaments or competitions, but I’m having fun and learning a lot.
If you’re in the Northwest Georgia area and would like to try out Judo for your self, I’d highly encourage you to check out Martial Traditions.