I started Tae Kwon Do when I was 10 years old. My brother wanted to be a ninja turtle, and I went with him to the school to watch a class.
As I watched my blood started pumping, and I wanted to jump up and join. I signed up that day with my brother.
Nine years later I had achieved a third degree black belt, became a certified instructor, and achieved four national championships. I don't have any pictures that are scanned in from those days (I'll have to get those soon so that I can share them with you all). Here's one from my old instructor:
Tae Kwon Do, quite simply, changed my life. It made me the person that I am. It gave me confidence, discipline, and formed friendships that made me a better, more well rounded person.
When I was in the middle of a form it was as if the world stopped.
Teaching filled me with so much joy. We were a family.
When I went off to college I left TKD behind to embrace the newness that is undergraduate life. After college I moved to Chile, and after Chile I ended up out here in San Francisco.
The farther I got away from training, the more nervous I was to return. It was too big, too imporant to me.
It seemed too hard to try to start over. I added Tae Kwon Do to Aurora because it is sooo often on my mind.
I've been wanting to go back for such a long time!
Today I walked back into a TKD school–Hwa Rang Kwan.
Photo from the HRK website
I sat and watched a class, and I had the same feeling I had all those years ago. The same blood pumping, the same feeling of pure joy. This is my thing ya'll!
I'm going to join in on my first class next monday, and I am both thrilled and terrified! I'm not sure I'm in good enough shape to jump right back in, but I guess I have to start some time.
A few months ago I was on a plane, and a very successful man was talking to my friend. He told her that that feeling that we get–
that feeling deep down that feels like a big scary ball of fear–
Well, It's really Excitement.
We just have to face it.
Here I go Friends!!!