by samme
(pleasant hope, mo.)

this is me getting ready to ride a bull ( i had no pics of me at my martial arts class)

this is me getting ready to ride a bull ( i had no pics of me at my martial arts class)

I started taekwondo when i was amost 6 years old because i was getting beat up at school. My master, Master Martin, grew up in Australia and his accent was pretty funny. He was a very strict instructor but loved all his students,

I started not really liking all the pushups, situps and every other exercise he could think of. Soon I started to love not only the art but also the exercise he made us do including sparing and self defence. Shortly after one of my happiest days getting my yellow belt, my mom could not afford to take me to class any more because she and my dad separated. Almost a year later she let me go back and Master Martin told me "if you ever quit again after i reteach you, I dont know what I will do but I'll do something!"

The dojang had changed a lot. My old classmates had grown up, quit or got their black belt and some went to college. I was the only one who called our instructor "Master" and there were new uniforms. I eventually found my place there, and then at the end of 8th grade, I made the hardest decision of my life so far. I moved in with my mom sadly leaving my class behind. Now the more that i think about my old class, it makes me want to cry or desperately think of ways I could rejoin my old class/a new class. I joined bullriding to occupy myself and thats the only pic i have-lol!

<>Linda's reply
I like your bull riding picture! You look like a warrior, just preparing for your ride instead of sparring or class. The path is always there for you when the time is right. I'm nearly 50 and only found my way when I was about 38 so you have plenty of time. There's a saying my instructor used to tell me "when the student is ready, the teacher appears". Your time will come but at the moment it sounds like you have some other life issues to deal with first. You have a foundation in martial arts so think of the taekwondo tenants when life gets tough - courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self control, indomitable spirit. You should still practice these (especially in riding) and you'll remain strong in character for your return to the dojang. Good luck and thanks for sharing your story.

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