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One definition of joy: a warm summer evening with friends that includes a chorus of cicadas, hot links grilled on a fire in the back yard, cool beer, some sparring, racing around a track, a few Perseid meteors, and swimming in Clinton lake beneath the waxing gibbous Moon and distant lightning with coyotes or foxes singing in the nearby forest.

Now THIS feels like vacation.




Aug. 13th, 2011 03:17 am (UTC)
Wait, sparring? You mean like boxing?
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:18 am (UTC)
Mostly! I have a good pair of sparring gloves from when I used to do martial-arts tournaments (Chuck Norris brand!) that I use for bag-work, and I bought a pair of MMC-brand sparring gloves so I can fight actual people rather than just my bags. We don't do much kicking, because that requires more gear, but boxing pretty much, yes! One of my favorite things.
Aug. 13th, 2011 01:12 pm (UTC)

I've been getting back to taekwondo a bit, when time allows, but it has been seriously lacking in sparring, or at least in sparring people at my same level.

For the last three years, when I taught takwondo, we'd do a little kickboxing two or three times a year. It was fun stuff. It'd wear you out, though.
Aug. 13th, 2011 04:33 pm (UTC)
I've studied martial arts of various forms over the years, mostly taekwondo, and my favorite part was always the sparring. My instructor out in Seattle interviewed me when I first wanted to sign up, asking why I was there. I said I liked sparring and tournament fighting, so he set up a program heavy on the sparring - in fact, every Saturday was non-stop sparring all day against all the classes, starting with the morning kids' class. That was a riot!

With my friends, I mostly just spar reactively - if my opponent attacks, I block and respond, going pretty light. However, I try to go as many rounds as I have friends willing to spar!