Jake, my son, has always been a bit of a natural martial artist and by that I mean, stealing moves from Naruto smashing them together with a bit of Power Rangers and adding a dash of Ninja Turtles which resulted in something that looked more like a string of high kicks, punches, and dance spins. It looked pretty good for someone who had been trained by cartoon characters.
It wasn’t until we saw Kung Fu Panda that real martial arts training became a reality. We received a free trial and after one class we were hooked. After visiting a few schools and programs, we found our martial arts home at United States Taekwondo Academy in Richardson. I dare say that “shopping” for a martial arts school is not unlike searching for the right church/place of worship, neighborhood, school, hairdresser, sorority/fraternity, gym, etc. It’s very personal and the environment plays a huge part in your level of comfort and your ability to train.
Jake and I happened upon the Academy one afternoon last July when we were out for a bike ride and ice cream. We popped in and met Instructor Rico. We were immediately greeted with a warm welcome and information that would have Jake in class later that afternoon. I joined Jake shortly thereafter and we became members of the Black Belt Club setting our sights on becoming black belts within three years. We are approaching our first year anniversary and what a quick year it has been. We’ve learned so much and still have so much more to learn. It is such an incredible journey and here’s why…