After a one year break, I returned to the dojo a couple of weeks ago. When I was younger, I was never really into sports. It was not until I discovered kickboxing (or Muay Thai), that I knew there was a sport for me that satisfies my needs and that I actually like. Although it is not in my ambitions list, it would be good to seriously increase my endurance and health. To leave the fevers, tiredness, and bad stamina behind. To become a better kickboxer and a better person as well.
For some reason, people always ask for explanations. Why would an intelligent person choose to kickbox? Isn’t that just kicking and punching? The answer to the second question is pretty short: “no”. The answer to the first question clarifies why the second answer is no. Kickboxing requires intelligence and responsiveness. There are at least eight ideal places to hit your opponent. And that means the person against you will have the same eight possibilities to choose from. A dumb person’s brains would not be able to respond fast enough to block a swift attacker. And respond. And block again.
Then there’s the aspect of discipline. I am fairly sure that kickboxing will help me in achieving the goals I have set for myself. You have to be a well disciplined person to be a good kickboxer. Not to get angry too fast, not to lose yourself when things are not going as you would like them to. And to keep practicing and working when you have a particular goal in mind, without ever being negligent. It also gives me the motivation to stay on a proper diet and take rest: if you want to grow as a kickboxer, you have to take good care of yourself. Better care than most people would if they weren’t frequenting the dojo, but eating pizza on the couch, in front of the tv.
Hence, kickboxing had to be mentioned on this site. It is good to be back in a place where you are reminded of the fact that every type of authority is bound by place. It is easy for people with degrrees to say that kickboxers are dumb, but academic intelligence is pretty useless in a dojo, where there is a strong emphasis on the body-mind connection. Hence, it is good to be taught a lesson in humbleness every once in a while. Even if it means that you lay on the floor after someone hit you in the liver.