30 Day Writing Challenge – DAY 2

Write something that someone has told you about yourself that you have never forgot

As most of you know, I am a martial artist.

When I was about 14 years old, the Kung Fu school where I trained was invited to a schools’ open day.  It was similar to a gala / fun day, as I remember there being a fair amount of activities and events going on throughout the day, and I remember the small travelling fair…

Our school were to perform several demonstrations throughout the day, and I can clearly remember one particular technique that I performed on someone twice my age.  The looks on peoples’ faces were that of shock and awe…  I had managed to deliver the perfect ‘Dragon’s Tooth’ which led to the rather bulky male hitting the floor like a ton of bricks…

It was that point when one of the instructors (whom I never actually got along with) had told me “you are a dangerous little girl to play with“.

It made me smile.  I don’t know why…  Maybe it gave me a sense of empowerment.  Maybe that was the reason I never got along with the coach…  Who knows?  But I liked it.

Trying to find a new hobby

I’ve been on the lookout for a new hobby to make my mind busy, but every time I think that I have come up with something, I either say it’s a bad idea, or I bottle out.

Take last week for instance…  I found a new dance class that was on the search for new class members, so I thought I’d give it a go.  It was on Tuesday evening.  It was a Burlesque (ha ha) class, but by the time Monday evening came, I was already thinking of reasons why I shouldn’t go.  I blinked, and Tuesday had already been and gone, and I never bothered to go.

It was the same a few months ago, when I found a belly dance class…  However, I did attend.

Getting back in to dance after so many years was amazing.  The class was brilliant.  Wiggling, and dancing; swaying to the music…  Really getting my shimmy on…  But the teacher was hopeless.  She didn’t ‘teach’.  She just demonstrated the move, then expected everyone else to follow suit.  She didn’t correct anyone when they performed a technique wrong.

I love to dance.  I’d love to get back in to dancing, and I would love to be able to find a belly dance class that actually ‘teaches’ you, rather than just expects you to know what you’re doing.

Alternatively, I enjoy crafts.  As I’m sure you all know by my previous crafting posts…  Ha ha.

I’m still in to making my jewellery and fashion accessories, my notepads and books, and now I’m moving on to woollen crafts (mainly personalised friendship bracelets), however it’s not enough.  They’re just not holding my attention like a hobby should.  I mean, when you have a hobby, it should be something that you love to do for you, and not to sell on (which I think my problem is).  You should be able to focus on that, and nothing else…  Basically, you should get lost in time with it.

There are lots of things out there that I would love to do / try, but they either seem to cost too much to start, or I just think that I am not physically fit enough to try.  Oh, and with the Burlesque dancing; that was because I felt too embarrassed.

On another note, I have tried blogging as a hobby, but as always, I struggle with what to write about.  That’s why there are some posts with nothing but a video..!

Speaking of videos, here’s a mix of old and new clips that I made for the Shi’hing School of Kung Fu recently.  If you don’t blink, you can see me perform a monkey toss on one of the students at approximately 1 minute in…

I wonder what else there is out there…  I suppose that’s why I’m struggling to find something.  Every time I adapt to a new hobby or interest, I always start looking for something else.

Day 39 – Shi’hing School of Kung Fu

Has it been 10 years..?

Today is the 10th birthday of my Kung Fu School.  I never knew it would make it this far, and I had no idea until recently what a big deal this is.

It was 11 years ago when my Kung Fu teacher passed away, and to save all of his students ‘throwing away’ all that they had learned, I took it on myself to take them on.  I opened my own martial arts and self defence school.  Afterall, I was the assistant coach in the school, and I was already qualified to teach in my own school.

I just can’t believe how far the school has come.  After a lot of moving around and trying to find a suitable training hall, it has established some excellent students of its’ own, some even reaching very high grades.

So, here’s to another 10 years!