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29 Jul

Once upon a time… I was a young child whose parents enrolled her in Taekwondo at the local YWCA. I stuck with it for… I don’t know how long… but I was two belts away from becoming a black belt. And then I quit.

I never really appreciated the activity. My parents kind of forced me into it; I think they were trying to make me more ‘confident’ or ‘assertive’ or something. All I cared about at the time was playing outside with my neighborhood friends. I never wanted to break away and go to the Tues/Thurs night practices.

The taekwondo I was enrolled in was okay, but definitely not hardcore. It wasn’t until I was a freshman in college that I realized this. I decided to try out my university’s taekwondo club, and I was smacked in the face with a cold hard dose of reality: martial arts is not for sissies. And I was (and still mostly am) a sissy. I remember freaking out, because one of the leaders there encouraged us to work ourselves to the point of vomiting… you know… so we knew we were working hard enough. I was out of shape and a timid freshman… and I was terrified. I went to two practices before I threw in the towel and moved on to other things.

About 8 years later, I find myself re-visiting the thought of getting back into martial arts.

See, it all started with this ball. An ex-coworker (who was/is very… strange) left behind a ball that has leather scraps inside it, and the outside is made of chain-mail. Weird right? It’s a chainmail hacky sack. Like this one:

Chainmail Hacky Sack

Anyway. There are some shelves in our office that are about 63 inches on the tallest shelf. We placed this chainmail hacky sack on top, and I got the idea to try kicking it off its little post. So I did… and I think it surprised my co-workers that I’m able to kick higher than my own height.

Since then, my brother and I have been discussing martial arts quite a bit, and he’s been sharing his knowledge on the various types of martial arts he’s learned about on the internet. My brother took taekwondo as a youngin’ as well, (and like me, not for very long), and he has recently become quite interested in mixed martial arts. I think he’s planning to join his college’s jujutsu club when he goes off to school. He was telling me I should get back into martial arts, since I can still kick as well as I do.

The whole thing got me thinking about it. I think I’d like to try it again. Not right now… but maybe next year. I think it’s awesome to know how to defend yourself… but I view it as more of a sport/art rather than an actual survival tool. Still… it’d probably be pretty cool to try it again.

I searched on youtube for some videos of taekwondo competitions and came across this one:

Pretty badass.


What is a “Badass”?

13 Nov

I’m 26 now. Which means, it’s time to get serious… just in time for the holidays too.

Since this blog began as a statement that I am attempting to fulfill a childhood dream of becoming a 26-year-old badass, I suppose I should first define what exactly a badass is. I’m finding this is actually kind of difficult…

When I was a kid, being a “badass” meant:

1. Being physically fit (toned/muscular)

2. Being fiercely attractive/ having nice hair

3. Having martial arts expertise

4. Having a healthy dose of toughness (read: bitchiness).

My ideas of bad-assery has evolved since I was an 8 year old, so I suppose it’s time to put some qualitifcations in place so that I have some clear goals to work towards this coming year.

Revised Bad-ass qualities:

1. Self-confidence:

Ability to stand up for oneself, go against the grain, ask for what one wants/needs, clear communication, okay with confrontation.

2. Physically fitness:

I’m not asking for the body of a super-model of waif-like actress. I just want to be considered healthy for once in my life. This means if I can get in a weight range that is considered “normal” for my height, then that’s success, and all I ask for in terms of weight numbers. I want to be able to run a mile without needing to walk/stop, and do a few pull-ups

3. Intelligence

A badass takes time to stay informed, and know what’s going on in the world around them. Also… it’d be pretty badass to have general working knowledge of physics, chemistry, and some sophisticated math. These skills come in handy at the most random times.

4. Survival Skills

A true badass would be able to survive if society collapsed tomorrow. I’m pretty sure I’d be a goner at this point. I want to learn how to make a fire, and get a ‘survival kit’ together… just in case. You never know when shit may hit the fan.. may as well give yourself/your family a chance by stocking up on a few things and having a plan.

5. Self-discipline/Self-control

A badass can control their cravings and urges, and won’t let it get the best of them. Also, a badass will maintain a fitness routine and do what needs to get done. And procrastination should not be a crippling issue for a badass.

6. Talent/Skills

A badass knows him/herself. Weaknesses and strengths should be discovered and dealt with/encouraged/improved. A badass makes time to hone their skills, work on their weaknesses, and pursue their interests/passions.

7. Direction

A badass knows what he/she wants, and goes after it. And if the badass doesn’t know yet, they’ll actively research/do things to try and find that out. Nothing gets done by waiting for direction to come… it takes action to find out what works and what doesn’t.

8. Bravery

A badass isn’t afraid t look people in the eye, or confront an asshole. Ever seen that show What Would You Do? A badass would do the right thing and put the asshole in line.

9. Morals

A badass knows what’s right and wrong, and will not turn a blind-eye to wrong-doing. Also see “Bravery” above. A badass does not lie, cheat, or steal or tolerate those who do (actually, I got that from my Alma Mater, so I guess Aggies are badasses too).

10. Independence

A badass can depend on him/herself to survive and generally get shit done. A badass doesn’t need a friend to come with them to a concert that they really want to see… a badass will do what they want and go where they want alone and not feel like a lonely loser.

OK. So that’s what I have for now. But really, I know my concepts of what makes a badass will continue to evolve…this was just an exercise in brainstorming the goals I want to accomplish, habits I want to make and break, etc.