(Tae Kwon Do, 16 years old)
I also became a competitor. I won first place metals for forms and sparring, and even challenged the men in my dojo to spar me. When they refused I went to another school where I was able to spar men and picked up some weaponry too. My fav was the staff.
(Staff form, 26 years old)
I took a Jui Jitsu class and a Tang Soo Do class.
(sparring in Tang Soo Do 27 yrs old)
We moved across the country and once again I was looking for a way to keep in shape. I joined a boxing gym that trained some of the top UFC fighters. This was one of the best motivators. I trained with women that had actually gone to Thailand to train. I trained with men that were about to go into huge fights.
After a couple of months I was asked to step in the ring and help train one of the girls for a big fight coming up. I was 32... she was 23. I won't lie. I got my head rattled a couple of times... but it brought me alive to be in the ring again. It felt good to be fighting. It felt good to feel my body respond fast and fearless.
(after the fight 32 years old)
“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
― Oscar Wilde