I started training in Shotokan Karate in college. With zero physical or athletic ability at the time, I fell in love with it immediately. There were many things I loved about it, including my awesome sensei and teammates, the instant relief from college stress as I stepped onto the dojo floor, and the clarity and focus I would find when returning to my studies after a good session.
I continued with a new dojo in Chicago after college, one that I loved very much with awesome people and amazing instructors. However, as much as I tried to overcome it, the distance proved to be a real issue for me. Driving an hour to get to class and being stuck in traffic jams for half of that made it too hard for me to be consistent. Eventually I couldn’t motivate myself to keep making that drive, and even though I loved it, I stopped going.
There is a school by me I have known about for years, that I considered checking out, but never went through with it. It is different style called Shorei Ryu. It has been many years since I last trained, so today I decided to check it out as my new activity.
I was a bit nervous as I sat in the parking lot, though I’m not sure why exactly. However, I also knew that it was a good thing. The nervous feeling meant I was out of my comfort zone and that is where all the wonderful things in life begin to happen. So I stepped into the dojo and met the instructors.
I told them a little bit about my background, and the instructors were all very friendly and welcoming. I had arrived super early, and got to watch some students do some crazy weapons training, something I had never seen before and it looked amazing.
The class was a lot of fun. It was very similar to Shotokan, but there were some slight differences. It reminded me of the time I tried to learn Spanish and Italian at the same time (bad idea btw). The instructor had a blackbelt in Shorei Ryu, but he also had a blackbelt in Shotokan apparently. Very cool. It had been so long since I trained and it felt so good to get back into it. The first trial class was free, and I get another trial class to use still, so I may check out one of the weapons classes at some point.
This was an awesome activity, and I really enjoyed it. One thing I have noticed lately is a shift towards my attitudes about this Days of New experiment. Lately I haven’t been dreading them much, but greatly looking forward to them. It feels so awesome to be taking time every day to do something for myself, to take time every day to make my life new and exciting and interesting. Lately I’ve been feeling much more engaged in life than usual, and the more I do and try, the more involved I want to continue getting in my own life and the world around me. 24 days and this experiment has really been going strong and awesome!