But when I came back again to Kazakhstan I decided to start again just to add another option of exercise for me. I wanted something different and I thought karate would be good.
Well 2 years later it has become so much more than just another form of exercise and a way to keep fit and active.
Somewhere along the line of me going into train and practice, I started to enjoy it and I made that switch from it being more than just exercise. It became a mental thing. Karate has become so much more than just doing the movements, and learning the kata's and blocks and attacks.
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I don't really know how to explain this but something happened and I'm loving my karate classes. I look forward to going and learning and practising. My Sensei still gives instruction to me in Russian and speaks no english at all, and I don't understand too much Russian but somehow it's worked.
I try to remember that karate is to become a way of life for me, to further understand myself and to make sure my life is one of discipline and purpose.
Like I said it's hard to explain and share what happened or how that switch occurred. But with each grading and progression symbolised by the different coloured belts - a change has happened inside. Inside my mind and my heart - if I can put it that way. It is no longer just a form of exercise but a journey of self discovery. And I'm loving it.
Oh and if push came to shove you bet your *ss I'd be able to defend myself if I had too, but it's not about fighting, it's about discipline.
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A couple of weeks ago I earned my brown belt. It's come with a lot of bruises and constant repetition of the katas, and practice and practice and more practice.
The more I progress I feel like the less I know. There is an emptiying of the mind happening. The more repetition that I do, the more second nature my movements should become.
I hve a long way to go, but thank goodness there is no rush. I want to learn more. I don't want to go too fast because the mental lesson and discipline of karate has been enlightening for me.