I'm curious as to how many of my fellow nurses are alson into the martial arts. Any other black belts out there? What style? Are you teaching other nurses/healthcare folks?
I hold dan rank in Tae kwon Do and Ryu Kyu Kempo. I'm helping with a class in another town. I have taught other nurses, medics and a couple of docs. Let me know. Gary
Sep 24, '01
I did Shotokan Karate for 18 months. Loved the art, hated the "martial." I was in great shape and loved the katas and didn't mind some sparring. Basics is great!
What I hated: being yelled at...."get your toes on that line!" by a 12-year-old with a higher belt than me..."push it! c'mon you, you can do it harder!" by a black belt (as if I was paying my money and taking time away from my family to wimp it out)...seeing someone go down while sparring, even to the point of brief loss of consciousness, and have the instructor push them to continue. Testing!! Oh, how I hated testing!!! The teaching style of highest belts in the front of the room, lowest belts in the back (now, how could I learn if I couldn't see?). I hated the whole boot-camp environment. 19-year-old black belts leading the class who have NO comprehension of what this is like in an 40-year-old body.
What I would like: an adult-oriented teaching style--the ability to ask questions and not blindingly follow, in silence. No kids in my classroom. No testing (well, this might not be possible--so just modify the test environment to be more respectful of the student). I would go back if I could find such a place.
My husband recently received his black belt in Shotokan Karate. It's a very aggressive style and I'm proud of him.
Sep 24, '01
Your ideal class sounds like the way we play. I have a good friend who studied Shotokan also. There is a guy named Dillman who has a school in Reading. He and his wife teach there. I don't know if there are any associated schools any nearer to you. Keep looking, there are others out there like me. And if you're ever in Oregon, look me up. Gary
Sep 24, '01
a dan huh? wow!
it's been a while for me.......green belt in ishyn-ru, blue in shotokan, and a little bit of kun-tao. that was when i was spry and young. still think and act young, but the knee injury from football, and back aches from the motorcycle accident keep trying to tell me otherwise!!! :d
Sep 27, '01
Yeah, I have a few of those slow to awaken in the morning joints myself. But it looks like there are very few of us who are into the arts. I worked with a 2 gas passers in N.D. who were black belts also. I was just curious. Gary
Sep 28, '01
it's a good thought. i think my from my personal experience.....when i was in my early to mid 20's and had nothing better to do, than work out 6 hours a day, hang at the pool, out on my boat, and take karate.....it was neat. now??? geeze...a house and kids.....no time to do all that stuff. by the time i put in my hours at work, play with the kids do laundry, dishes, and everything else......no time.
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