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    Hello to everyone.

    *salute*

    After posting in a couple of different threads, I have been "prodded" in to posting here in the Meet and Greet section, so I figured I had best comply.



    I'm 34, have been married for nine years, and I have four beautiful daughters, ages 7, 5, and identical twin 3 yr olds. I am a Sr. Network Engineer and I support the night time sorting operations for a major shipping company, so I work thrid shift, which is a mixed blessing.

    When I was 14, or so, I participated in a Tae Kwon Do class for about three months, but I had to drop it because it was too expensive at the time. For the subsequent 20 years I had wanted to get back in to martial arts but didn't feel like I had the time, money, or even location stability (we have moved nine times in the last ten years). Many things have changed over the last ten years which has allowed a person to study and be anything they want to be from home. I became curious if the same had become possible with martial arts and, indeed, it had.

    Why did I choose Kenpo? As cheesey as this sounds, I became attracted to Kenpo after seeing Jeff Speakman's "The Perfect Weapon." It wasn't because of the fight scenes, although I thought they were very well done. I like how Kenpo was portrayed. I like the flexibility that is built in to the Art - "tailoring" is how, I believe, Mr. Parker termed it. Kenpo has an uncanny way of form-fitting to the person practicing it and working around physical imperfections and reduced capacity.

    I myself have a weak left knee due to a medial collateral tear that was repaired nearly 11 years ago, and I have just eased off a three year long recovery from a ruptured L5/S1 disc in my back. For those two reasons alone I had some difficulty entertaining the thought of returning to a martial art without some sense of trepidataion. Ironically, in the month since I've started my Yellow Belt training, my back has actually been rehabilitated and feels better than it has in some time.

    Another side of Kenpo that I am drawn to is self-defense. The Art can be very to-the-point and ruthlessly efficient. My long term goal is to "grow up" in the Art, become proficient as a teacher of the Art, and instruct my four daughters - out on a date ten years from now, the guy tries something... nuff said.

    I have elected to enroll in the Distance Learning Program of Sifu Jody Sasaki and have been working for a month. I have already learned much which has only caused me to become even more enamored with the Art we love that is Kenpo. I maintain a blog as a record of my journey and the address can be found in my profile, should anyone be curious. Comments are welcome, of course.

    Thank you for the warm welcome I have received thus far.

    Yours in the Art,

    Rich
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    Welcome aboard!

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    Welcome to KT.
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    Welcome to Kenpo Talk
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    Welcome to KenpoTalk.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rstanaford View Post
    Hello to everyone.

    *salute*

    After posting in a couple of different threads, I have been "prodded" in to posting here in the Meet and Greet section, so I figured I had best comply.



    I'm 34, have been married for nine years, and I have four beautiful daughters, ages 7, 5, and identical twin 3 yr olds. I am a Sr. Network Engineer and I support the night time sorting operations for a major shipping company, so I work thrid shift, which is a mixed blessing.

    When I was 14, or so, I participated in a Tae Kwon Do class for about three months, but I had to drop it because it was too expensive at the time. For the subsequent 20 years I had wanted to get back in to martial arts but didn't feel like I had the time, money, or even location stability (we have moved nine times in the last ten years). Many things have changed over the last ten years which has allowed a person to study and be anything they want to be from home. I became curious if the same had become possible with martial arts and, indeed, it had.

    Why did I choose Kenpo? As cheesey as this sounds, I became attracted to Kenpo after seeing Jeff Speakman's "The Perfect Weapon." It wasn't because of the fight scenes, although I thought they were very well done. I like how Kenpo was portrayed. I like the flexibility that is built in to the Art - "tailoring" is how, I believe, Mr. Parker termed it. Kenpo has an uncanny way of form-fitting to the person practicing it and working around physical imperfections and reduced capacity.

    I myself have a weak left knee due to a medial collateral tear that was repaired nearly 11 years ago, and I have just eased off a three year long recovery from a ruptured L5/S1 disc in my back. For those two reasons alone I had some difficulty entertaining the thought of returning to a martial art without some sense of trepidataion. Ironically, in the month since I've started my Yellow Belt training, my back has actually been rehabilitated and feels better than it has in some time.

    Another side of Kenpo that I am drawn to is self-defense. The Art can be very to-the-point and ruthlessly efficient. My long term goal is to "grow up" in the Art, become proficient as a teacher of the Art, and instruct my four daughters - out on a date ten years from now, the guy tries something... nuff said.

    I have elected to enroll in the Distance Learning Program of Sifu Jody Sasaki and have been working for a month. I have already learned much which has only caused me to become even more enamored with the Art we love that is Kenpo. I maintain a blog as a record of my journey and the address can be found in my profile, should anyone be curious. Comments are welcome, of course.

    Thank you for the warm welcome I have received thus far.

    Yours in the Art,

    Rich
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    Welcome!

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    Welcome to KT.
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    Welcome to KT.

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    Welcome to Kenpo talk
    "To hear is to doubt. To see is to be deceived. But to feel is to believe." -- SGM Ed Parker

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    Welcome to KenpoTalk. you will make a lot of new friends here and also learn a lot.

    I am Most Respectfull,
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