Fridays have been my own for almost two months now. I decided around mid-December that I was no longer going to subject my body to the often brutal regimen of the two-hour Friday night class. Life being what it is, Sifu decided about a week after my decision that rehearsals for the Chinese New Year demonstration would take place of Friday night, in place of class. So my resolve has yet to be tested. But it hit me like a ton of bricks tonight that with the Chinese New Year performance occurring this weekend, that’s all about to change.
I’ve been all kinds of happy with my kung fu life since the holiday break and for very good reasons. I’ve worked my long staff form into highly-respectable shape, enjoyed teaching a growing group of enthusiastic students, started learning forms that are outside of our curriculum; and improved the range and pain tolerance of my knees and back. I want to maintain this level of happy for as long as possible.
So, I hereby publicly declare that I will not be guilted into returning to something that often hurts me to an intolerable degree. I have a couple of weeks to work with, but I’m fortifying my mind early. My physical ability to continue doing this thing I love for as long as I want may depend on it.