Guess what the meaning of Kung Fu is? It means time and effort.
This month Ron turns 59 and we also celebrate our 28th year of marriage. For all 28 years and 4 months (yes we only dated 4 short months), Ron has had a dream of becoming a black belt. And, I learned from his family and friends when we went to California this past summer, this dream is something that Ron has held for as long as they can remember too.
When we were first married and we lived in Greensboro, NC, Ron dragged me to Tae Kwon Do with him. We didn’t live in Greensboro long and we were young and just getting started in our careers. Tae Kwon Do didn’t last.
Then when the girls were little, Ron dragged the whole family to Karate. We all loved it. Well mostly. I’m not so sure about Andie. But again, we were a young family and Ron had to work a huge amount of on-call shifts and overtime back in those days. Karate didn’t last.
Next came a movie that I dragged Ron to last year. The movie was Cowspiracy. It was about how hard factory farming is on the environment and was sponsored by the Triangle Vegfest Community. After the movie they gave out door prizes. Ron and I didn’t win a single cookbook or vegetarian dinner out or any of the other amazing veggie prizes. Then it came to the very last door prize. It was for 1 month free at the Chines Shao-Lin Center. You guessed it! Ron won! That prize had Ron’s name written all over it! I knew before they called out the winner that it would be Ron! I didn’t even have to look at our ticket numbers.
In Kung Fu, the instructor is called Sifu. Our instructor is Sifu Mo Seyam and he happens to be vegan. (hence the door prize at the Vegfest sponsored movie)
Ever since Ron started last year he has been bugging me to join him. I kept telling him no. I had my CrossFit and running and I just couldn’t do any more.
However, he didn’t give up. Each time he progressed from one belt to the next he kept asking me when I was going to go to class with him. Well as you all know, Ron loved running way before me. But now, I love running the most. Ron is such a trooper though and goes with me to all my races and has just as many medals on his medal hanger as I do.
Since he is so good to me to keep running like he does, I decided that this year for Christmas, I would tell him that I’d start going to Tai Chi with him. I wrote a pretty hand made card with those words on it and wrapped it up. He was all smiles!
Well on New Year’s Eve this year I attended my first Tai Chi class with him. Then he had me signed up for Kung Fu too before I could blink an eye.
We go on Tuesday and Thursday nights and then again on Saturday afternoon. On Tuesday and Thursday it’s just the Tai Chi and Kung Fu but on Saturday, Ron takes a class called Wooden Man as well.
Today was a big day at our school. Every year the Elder Master travels from Colorado to each of the schools in our network around the country. Today was our school’s turn.
Ron tested for Wooden Man and his Brown Belt and I tested for Yellow. We both passed! In our style of martial arts training, you can get to Brown Belt pretty quickly but there are 3 levels of Brown Belt. It will probably be about 2 more years but with time and effort, Ron’s dream of becoming a Black Belt will hopefully be coming true.
I was a testing student today so I couldn’t get a lot of pictures. When we were on a sort break, I got Ron to pose doing some of his Wooden Man moves.
He really is amazing! I am so impressed with his form. Ron is a natural.
All the other students are great too and everyone is very friendly and supportive. Kung Fu is so fun. I am really excited about all the weapons that we will get to learn. I got to see so many cool weapons in action today by the other students. Some of them were the Monk’s staff, the broadsword, the spear, and nun chucks. All I have learned so far are 4 staff spins but now that I’m yellow, I get to add nun chucks.
Next on the agenda is our one and only race that we have signed up for in 2016. Ron and I are running the half marathon on March 6th in Chattanooga, TN. I’ve been doing really good on my Tuesday and Thursday runs but my long runs on the weekend have been hit and miss. I’m hoping to get a good 10 miles in tomorrow and then a 12 and another 10 over the next 2 weeks. I’m also shooting to get some Iron Strength Workouts in. Since I haven’t been going to CrossFit, this is crucial or I will lose everything that I have gained over the last year. I’m writing it on my bathroom mirror in a dry erase marker and making this solemn promise that I will do 3 Iron Strength Workouts for each of the next 4 weeks until Chattanooga.
Spend a little time and effort and cook for yourselves this week. Spend some time on exercise. Make an effort to be kind.
Ron carried a rock in his pocket for years that had the words Black Belt written on it. Here’s wishing you have all the time you need to put the effort into your goals. May all your dreams come true!