I’ve always wanted to take some kind of martial art when I was a kid. From preschool to grade 2, school only lasted from 7am-12nn. I remember rushing home after school, gobbling down a quick lunch and switching on our little TV to watch those afternoon kung fu shows. Those black and white shows –originally Chinese–were dubbed in English. I didn’t mind that the actors’ lips were never quite synchronized with the words supposedly coming out of their mouths. I was just interested in the action-packed plot lines and the cool martial arts moves.
Watching a young Jackie Chan or Bruce Lee was enough to inspire me. My dream goal was to get a black belt in any martial art. Of course, the only black belt I ever got was the one I bought at the nearby mall.
School got busier as the years went by. Once I graduated from college, I quickly joined the work force as an English teacher. And teachers rarely have time to achieve their dream goals. They’re always so busy checking papers or encouraging their students to follow their dreams.
I never thought I’d get the chance to achieve this particular goal, as life often gets in the way of dreams. But being the determined (or stubborn) person that I am, I decided to start pursuing my dream goals one by one. Last April I joined our city recreation program for Filipino Stick Fighting (Doce Pares multi-style martial art system). I instantly fell in love with the program. They teach us all sorts of fighting techniques (stick/sword fighting, empty hand, dagger) and the class instructor is pretty easygoing (and very patient).
It’s an extra hundred dollars a month, but the class is well worth it. I get to learn self-defense, fulfill a childhood dream, learn about martial arts (which is very helpful for the kind of book I’m writing), as well as get my weekly dose of exercise.
I was quite happy when I heard about the Filipino Gatorade Propel Commercial which featured a young lady kicking ass with her Escrima sticks. (See video below)
I wish the video were longer. Or better yet, I wish someone would make a movie or something featuring this kind of martial art. It’s not as well known as Taekwondo or Karate, but it’s just as deadly (if not more) and more importantly –a hell of a lot of fun to learn.
I may not get that black belt anytime soon ( I hear it takes at least 5 years for this specific martial art) but at least I’ve taken the step to fulfill one of my dream goals. After all, reaching one’s goal is important, but it’s not as important as trying.
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