Talking to someone earlier, she told me how she has used martial arts in the past to build on her confidence. I know from my brief experience in counselling that meditation can work well for me and, as a kid, I always wanted to learn karate; I never had the confidence to even admit to it; fearing that I wouldn’t good enough.
Now, I’m an adult; moving ever closer to the big 3-0. I’m growing within myself and, as the persistent grey clouds Christmas begin to clear, I’m looking forward with more optimism for myself. I have an appointment with my doctor on Monday, where I’ll again raise my issues with depression and will enquire about the availability of CBT among other things.
As you might have already guessed, I’m also thinking about the possibility of learning some form of martial art this year.
Have you ever tried T’ai Chi?
I’m not looking to ‘kick a**e‘ as such or even to become the next Daniel LaRusso (I don’t fancy bit-part appearances in a new series of Ugly Betty, twenty-years from now…). This could be a way of finding peace and confidence within myself. It could help with my anxieties around people, if I’m able to learn and complete these exercises amongst a group initially.
It could even be quite social. A quick search online has revealed at least one major group in the Bristol area. From the photos, it does seem as though they’re mostly over-50s (just like being at work…) but, I think it’s unrealistic of me to expect to find a group for people in their 20s and 30s. There might be a similar course available at the Folk House, where I was doing my writing but, I’ve missed the start of the spring term already.
This is certainly something to think about and look in to when I feel ready. I’m aware that yoga is quite popular these days and I know one other blogger who benefits from this form of exercise.
I think most kids (boys, especially) want to learn how to kick and karate chop a length of wood in two. As I’ve grown older though, I found that my own interest in the martial arts grew (to some extent) from playing a computer game, known as Shenmue; the unfinished saga that has touched so many, leaving us pining for a conclusion more than ten-years after the previous instalment.
This game was unlike any other that I played. It was an adventure in its own right; a unique experience of its own creation. There is a strong oriental, martial arts theme running throughout the story but, it’s about much more than beating other people up – there are too many other games that offer this and nothing more. I don’t expect to be able to shed all the leaves from a cherry blossom tree with one movement but, I feel I would like to learn T’ai Chi sometime (see, I’ve already learnt that it’s spelled with an apostrophe!).
If you’ve had any of your own experiences of this or any other art then, I’d love to hear from you. 🙂
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