I found out about this place through the internet almost a year ago when I was looking up places near me. It always interested me somewhat, so I decided that I would check this one out as well. I didn’t see much info about first time classes on the website, so I emailed them. One of the owners replied to me and said that I could come by for a tour to see the place. We had decided for today, Day 32, after work.
I’m not sure why I was feeling nervous about this place. Maybe it seemed a bit too extreme or intense for me, and I knew how ridiculous and out of place I would feel walking in for the first time. It seems whenever I go somewhere for the first time, I just expect everyone to be eyeing me as a strange newcomer. Which usually does happen, but the truth is nobody really cares. The good thing is that I have been having that feeling a lot in the last month, so it’s fairly familiar to me by now!
I went to meet the guy I had been emailing with, but he turned out not to have even shown up, and never cancelled or told me that our meeting was off. It turned out to be okay though, I talked with the other owner and teacher of the class. He made me feel super comfortable and let me watch a Jiu Jitsu class. He said if I was interested, I could try one out. The class looked weird and confusing to me. Very different from the world of Karate I was more familiar with. I was concerned I was too small, but more than one person told me that it is actually a good martial art for smaller people. I’m not convinced, but he said I can come back Thursday to try a class!