Our workout today was super cool!
We went to Sparta Tae Kwon Do today for a boot camp class unlike anything I’d ever tried before. We started with some slow jogging drills around the mat followed by another warm up activity where we lined up as “pylons.” We stood in a single file line with about 3 feet between us. The last person in the line did “foot drills” by agilely running around and through us, the pylons. Think of a race/agility course with safety cones where we were the cones and one of us was the race car. We also did boot camp drills like high knees and high kicks across the mat and then we got to the fun stuff: kicking and punching!
Working as partners, one partner held the paddles while the other punched or kicked. When someone forgot to point her toes while kicking, I reminded her to think like a Ballerina Bad Ass – point your toes as you kick the crap outta that paddle! I swear there is some aggression not so far below the surface of my daily attitude! I LOVED whacking those paddles!
We ended our workout with some self-defense techniques where our instructor, Diane Hoh, showed us how to escape the grasp of someone trying to grab us. While I’ve never felt personally threatened in such a way, it was really empowering to know that the ability to escape is built into me – I just need to know how to tap into it!
In case you ever want to try out for a bit part in a Matrix movie…or you just want to learn some cool moves, check out Sparta Tae Kwon Do or their TDK Boot Camp program. It’s a really fun workout and a great way to tap into your inner bad ass! Tae Kwon Do is a graceful Korean martial arts practice, the tenets of which are Courtesy, Integrity, Perseverance, Self Control and Indomitable Spirit. Those tenets are the reason I signed up my son for Tiny Titans class. Now that I’ve tried it myself, I’m tempted to learn more.