In 1994, I very nervously went along to a Self Defence class for women. I loved it. I loved the physicality of it, the camaraderie, everything. It was run by the sensei from the Gojo Ryu karate dojo, so after the 6 week class finished, I joined up at karate. I was at full time uni at the time, so I had plenty of time to go along to classes through the day. I just loved that feeling after training of being so exhausted you could barely stand up, battered and bruised, but on such a high. Yeah I'm weird :)
I continued it for about 18 months and earnt my yellow belt. By that time though, I was back at full-time work, planning a wedding, getting a house built - you know, all those 'grown up' things. I stopped karate.
When Billy started doing defendo martial arts 12 months ago, I'd watch the class and all those feelings came back. I really, really, really felt the urge to try it. In April last year, I wrote on my 'bucket list', "Start martial arts again".
Last night I did it (12 months later but still)! I decided late last week that I was going to do it. I told several of my friends so that I couldn't chicken out. Which was fortunate because I came close a few times yesterday :)
Sitting there waiting for the class last night, I thought I was going to pass out, I was so nervous. You know that feeling you get before you go on stage and give a speech.. That's how I was feeling.
Sensei introduced me to the class - several of whom I knew anyway as they are Billy's instructors and others I knew by sight - and he told them to be gentle with me lol. We did some basic warm ups, blocking & parrying and then the rest of the time was spent doing "close quarters combat" - so rolling around on the ground, groin to groin with strange men, trying to gouge their eyes out :)
There are only 2 other women in the class as far as I know - only one was there last night and she is uber-fit. The rest are all big, strong, fit looking guys which is rather intimidating - but the 3 that I had as partners were all really great.
I'm definitely going again. I'm feeling a bit bruised and stretched in places today but so proud of myself!!! I think I'll try the Saturday morning class next week - Billy has to sit around waiting for my class to finish at 8pm on the Monday night, so it was a fairly late night for him by the time he got to bed.
Yay, I did it!!