I tell people I like karate because there is a lot less high kicking and jumping than in an art like taekwondo.
Then I made black belt, and last week I learned this kata:
We run this one slightly different, but there’s still a 360° jump and a jump kick into a 180° turn with a four-point landing. Swell.
I’m not giving up, though. I’ve said “I can’t” in karate before, and before long, I could. This is why I’m still doing leg day this morning, even though my publisher is on his way down for a meeting. This is why I’m thinking about investing in a solid stand for box jumps. This is why I’m looking at tweaking my stretching routine.
I may not be as graceful with kicks and jumps as some of my instructors and fellow black belts, but I will be able to do this.