Although this wasn’t one of my resolutions, my recent month long trip to Montreal, Toronto, New York, and the subsequent 10 pounds I gained from
drinking my dinners eating out all the time (and not excercising) shocked me into looking for a fun way to get into shape. Signing up for a gym membership to lift weights and such is alright but experience has shown me that it’s just not enjoyable/convenient enough to keep me on track for very long, so I started looking into something else I’ve been curious about for a while, martial arts.
Anyone who knows me will undoubtedly find it hilarious to picture me punching, kicking, shouting or any combination thereof. And, well… it is pretty damn funny, I laugh at myself too! Anyways, I’ve always felt that learning some means of self-defense would be a worthwhile endeavor for anyone so I started my research. I looked into Judo, Tae-Kwon Do, and Muay Thai but then read an article in Men’s Vogue magazine about this martial art form called Krav Maga.
And yes, I’ve gotten into the perhaps unfortunate habit of reading men’s fashion magazines. Actually, more embarrassing is that this issue had a James Bond theme and the article I believe was called “Special Training: A True Secret Agent Workout” (Insert clarinetist secret agent joke here.) But in this case Men’s Vogue did not lead me astray! I googled ‘Krav Maga Vancouver’, found a place in town to get started, and have been getting my ass handed to me three times a week for 6 weeks now! In a nutshell, Krav Maga is an Israeli form of reality-based self-defense which uses natural human instinct as a guide to technique. So far there’s been quite a bit of conditioning, boxing, some choke defenses, etc., and when I say it’s exhausting I mean it. It’s caused me to pay much closer attention to my eating/drinking/excercise habits for the simple reason that if I don’t I’m afraid I won’t make it through the next class!
So there we go. Not a New Years Resolution but something I’ve always wanted to do and I’m doing it. Now if only there were a “Get Your Contemporary Jazz Clarinetist Career On Track In 3 Easy Steps!” class I could sign up for.