Work is going really well. It’s fun to revert to Bachelor Workaholic mode for awhile. The drift is towards being up later, which is making it harder to get up at 6AM (to take calls starting officially at 9AM Pacific). Today I crawled out of bed at 7, which is already 1PM for many of our customers on the East Coast. *groan*

Check email… check the phone for messages… cooool. Nobody noticed! ;)

That judo class I went to was fine, but as I left I noticed another class starting in a building next door. I wandered over, tried a class and fell in love with it. AMAZING. After reading Bruce Lee’s book many times over, a chance to train in his art (Jeet Kune Do = “way of the intercepting fist”. For a quick background on him rent Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story. Great movie.

Just like a musician, martial artists have influences. His influencs were Wing Chun (first art he learned as a child with an emphasis on fast hitting in straight lines) western boxing (distance, timing, wallop) and also judo and jujitsu (ground fighting).

The school I’m at is somewhat competition-focussed at the higher levels. That’s usually bad because sports have to be safe, so you’re either training yourself to hold back, or your art is actually modified to specifically avoid injurious strikes. If you really have to defend yourself, you don’t want to be sport-fighting, you want to be street-fighting.

At this school the training is focussed on full-contact fighting. We use safety equipment and we don’t hit each other hard. Lots of tag-got-ya drills though, which are always fun. Don’t worry mom! I’m not gonna jump in the ring, it’s just a good sign that the training is realistic. (And far less dangerous than when Byron and I used to wallop each other. ;)

My body is thanking me for taking up a physical activity, and I’m finding concentration at work is coming more easily as well.


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  1. Jeet Kune Do is Self Defense for many practitioners. Staying a fairly substantially “self defense only” martial art, and incredibly severe in nature, it doesn’t suit anyone! It really is a bit too really serious in nature for kids, unless of course the curriculum is critically modified and restructured to suit small children. I’ve found that ordinarily one thing undesirable needs to happen to another person before they realize a need to learn Jeet Kune Do, the System practiced and taught by Bruce Lee.

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