It was in 1993 that i attended Taekwon-do martial art classes for 3 months but had to leave it because of the study pressure. I joined a gym when i got into engineering college in 1994 and for the first year i could go to the gym regularly but slowly with mounting study pressure i became irregular with gym too and though i continued on an irregular basis till i got my first job in 1999, i could not keep up with gyming once i was in Banglore in the winter of 2000. We had a gym in my Bangalore apartment too but i never could kindle the fire to exercise there. But it has been my desire always to keep fit (as also noticed in this blog's name: FitProgrammer@Work) and when it was time to come to the USA i decided i will get trained in Boxing in USA. But my wife was not very happy with that idea :) considering the first impression one has of Boxing is that its associated with gore. I could not find a local boxing institute in the Maynard region (the nearest was 15mi from my residence) but i could find one martial arts training center very close to my workplace (0.2mi from both my residence and workplace - literally on the way between my residence and work place). Martial arts is not going to be as dull as going to a gym where you train yourself alone and so you require to be very self motivated to persist in the regimen. My experience has been that i tend to loose the fizz with time when i went to gym. I persisted better with martial arts. Probably the idea of exercising in a group environment appeals more to my psyche.
So lets see how it goes... i will keep posting on my learnings in Kenpo(aka Kempo) Karate.
- Basic stances and Half-mooning
- Kicks - Iron broom, dropping knees, sliding knees, front, back, side, hook, crescent, reverse crescent and their combinations.
- Punches and 8 Blocks
- Rolling and Falling
- 3 techniques to free my hand when caught