Sacramento Martial Arts and Karate
My first journal entry is an attempt to capture some perspective from the far end of the line while it is new to me- along with everything else at the dojo.
My only belt concern is learning to tie the knot correctly. My hands are full simply learning to make a fist. Actually, my whole body is challenged to acquire new, basic skills which is daunting but exhilarating. Conditioning wise, I am most preoccupied with flexibility and core strength which have always been problematic. I'm also currently trying to swim at least once a week because it forces me to be mindful of breathing.
As I watch martial artists practicing the kata (which is hypnotic) and honing their sparring skills, I recognize that even though I inarguably know the least, I am not the one with the most to learn. Mentally, I have it easy- work on basic skills and listen to the gracious guidance that comes from every quarter. I'm hoping that the movements I'm trying to marshal will be like an alphabet that will eventually allow me to form words, phrases, and sentences. Maybe even a dialogue someday. (I look forward to being permitted to spar more than anything else on the horizon). For now it's trying to write Roma-ji, left-handed, in cursive with new syntax and vocabulary in the midst of people composing poetry in motion, in kanji.
I have boundless respect for the people at the dojo, all of whom have been so generous sharing their time and experience with all my family. Physical ability aside, those are some of the values I can work on while my other skills lag. There is always room to improve on empathy and kindness. Whether or not I ultimately progress in other facets, the dojo is already helping me realize some of my human potential.
Thanks to you all!