Martial Arts Again

shad­owkatt tried anoth­er mar­tial arts stu­dio tonight. It’s at the Choi Kwang Do Inter­na­tion­al Head­quar­ters, found­ed by Grand­mas­ter Choi himself. 

One plus was that there were oth­er stu­dents, includ­ing oth­er teens with whom she might strike up friend­ships. Anoth­er is that it’s very close to our house (cer­tain­ly clos­er than the oth­er options). That’s a real issue in a one-vehi­cle fam­i­ly. I was very impressed with the stretch­es they did for about 10 min­utes at the begin­ning of class—far bet­ter stretch­ing than I have ever seen in any of the dance stu­dios in which she’s stud­ied. Their price of $99 a month for as many class­es as you want to take is quite good for this area, and they do have some class­es in the day­time, which would be nice. I liked the fact that the instruc­tor want­ed to hear from Katie what her pur­pose for train­ing would be.

It was­n’t Kali, though, and she real­ly, real­ly liked Kali. In fact, they don’t do any work with any kind of weapons, peri­od. They only teach one dis­ci­pline and speak poor­ly of all oth­ers. That does­n’t sit well with any of us. They were rather pushy about sign­ing up for a five-month con­tract, and I have an instant neg­a­tive reac­tion to any­thing involv­ing such con­tracts. They real­ly do the sales thing heavily—they would have been hap­pi­est to have me and Sam sign­ing up right away with Katie.

The oth­er stu­dio teach­es Chuan Fa, Brazil­ian Jiu-jit­su, Jeet Kune Do, Wing Chun, and Kali Escrima (I don’t even know what some of those are, I’m just copy­ing from the info Sifu Alan gave to me). Their mate­ri­als speak of a “per­son­al defense sys­tem” based on what works best for each stu­dent. It’s far­ther away-10 miles or so—and costs more. There was only one oth­er stu­dent in the class­es Katie attend­ed, and all the class­es are at night. She liked it bet­ter, though, so we’re lean­ing that way.

sam­bear saw a karate school that’s just as close as the Choi Kwang Do school, but for some rea­son, I have a neg­a­tive reac­tion to karate. I’m not sure why. I’m not rul­ing it out, but I don’t feel good about it.

Cur­rent Mood: 🤔thought­ful
Cyn is Rick's wife, Katie's Mom, and Esther & Oliver's Mémé. She's also a professional geek, avid reader, fledgling coder, enthusiastic gamer (TTRPGs), occasional singer, and devoted stitcher.
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