Growing up I loved baked goods. I used to eat frozen Twinkies from the freezer and I would keep a jar of peanut butter in my room so I wouldn’t have to eat my dinner. At school we used to run around at recess and play softball but I was usually the 9th out of 12 picked for sports. I wasn’t very athletic.
When I was 10, I got the crap (literally) kicked out of me. I had told on this older kid Scott for rubbing my face in the snow at school, he got in trouble then later that weekend he and his friend Brian happened upon me playing in the snow in front of my house. Scott used his steel shank hiking boots with the red laces, very popular back in 1979 to kick the crap out of me.
I remember rolling on the street begging him to stop as I watched the tip of his boot hit me in the face below my eye, then everything went black. When I opened my eyes I watched Scott and Brian running away down my street and looking back to see if I was getting up. You gotta love the concern. After three days in the hospital, my parents sent me to Gen Ki Karate and I worked with Bob Lambert. I still had a big bandage on my head and I couldn’t see out of my eye, kind of like the first Rocky movie.
Scott, Brian and Bob changed the direction of my life for ever. I don’t recommend this exact journey, but here I am now with a business that does for others what Bob Lambert did for me. The first thing Bob did was to ignore my injuries. There was no pity. He expected me to perform. That first class we all lined up by experience level. I was all the way at the end, clearly the weakest person there. I was so intimidated by everyone, I just knew I was the weakest person there. I struggled to do 10 push ups on my knuckles and sit ups then all these kicks and punches. I was so afraid… and then I wasn’t.
You see, what really happened is I started to see myself through Bob’s eyes. He started to pair me up with kids to spar that were increasingly better than me and I learned to hold my own. A very valuable lesson was learned over the three years I took karate, and it was that I was an athlete!
That feeling changed how I looked at life forever. I still suck at sports but I am fit, strong and able to play where better sportsman of my age cannot get up off of a couch. I often listen to the glory days stories of what they used to be and how they need to get into shape and I always encourage them to start, but unfortunately so few of them do. Everyday people tell me their stories of how they got to be so out of shape and it is always the same they stopped moving.
After you sit for so long you can get scared to start up again because you aren’t what you were. Believe me when I say I know how scary that feels, but we can get you there. The key is to take that first step on that day, then come back again for the next one. Don’t look much further than 2-3 days ahead. If you are willing to let us help you we will start you out slow and build and then we will be able to say we feel your success!