Kid just loves him some cows (komos) wrote,
Kid just loves him some cows

Will he finish what he begins?

Thinking again about la Faugère's pedigree, I started looking at my own history in various martial pursuits. Far from demonstrating that I possess "the most serious mind," my timeline rather suggests that I've been a bit fickle and unfocused. The result has been the accumulation of a smattering of novice techniques. That, coupled with my advanced age and current squishy condition, I'm comfortable in saying that I would have my ass handed to me.

At any rate, from the "Who's Kidding Who??" files, I bring you my own pedigree.

Tae Kwon Do: I studied under an gentleman by the name of Dave Allard, but ended up moving out of state to attend university at about the same time that Dave found Jebus. The school has since been retooled as a place for "Aerobic Tae Kwon Do." Eesh.

Shotokan Karate: At school, I found my way to the Boston College Karate Club, but didn't make it past the first year because of a knee injury.

Yang Style Tai Chi: Eight-week class at the Boston Center for Adult Education with an instructor who "hadn't figured out how to use some of the maneuvers" and "hadn't been taught how by his sifu." I had the opportunity to continue, but didn't see the point in studying with a white-lighter who hadn't been trusted with basic applications for the techniques.

Sport fencing: Studied foil and some saber with the Boston Fencing Club (formerly of Watertown, MA). Have no idea why I stopped.

Judo: Tohoku Judo Club
Jujitsu: Boston YMCA
Tandem and brief studies that ended with a dislocated shoulder earned by listening to the advice of an "advanced beginner" on how to improve my falls.

Pak Hok Pai (White Crane Kung Fu): I went in for treatment of my shoulder and then started training. Actually reached the point where I was teaching beginner "classes" and then fled because of weird interpersonal dynamics with folks who eventually left the school themselves.

Incidentally, it's possible to say that I've been brewing beer for longer than I studied any of these styles.

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