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  • After several years of stillness and laziness, I have finally found a sport that takes my liking. Not that I was looking for it, but it suddenly appeared, as when an autumn leaf falls before your path, as if it is an omen of a good day ahead.

    I was having a chat with my doctor, and she told that she had supported a group of martial arts practitioners and that if I wanted I could go see what they do in terms of training, and have a go at one of the classes free of charge.

    Obviously it was a hint hint, that hey, you are overweight, you should do something about it. But I could feel that she was telling me about this group, because there was something special about it.

    So I went to one of the classes on a Saturday morning, I was obviously hangovered, but lucky to always wake up early independent of the grade of alcohol consumed the night before.

    Personally I always thought that martial arts; was a practice for violent or aggressive people. My father used to do Full Contact Karate, and I used to go see the fights on Sunday afternoons, ---I still remember the sound of punch´s in between the fighters. Not something very soothing.

    So I arrived through a little door to the main practice area, which is a rectangular room, covered with images of different Hankido moves, buda´s, and a nice area to rest and have a small chat with tea.

    Very peaceful.

    The class had music, like chillout asian music, and we started.

    So far, a few weeks have passed, and I have discovered muscles that I didn’t even know they existed. Obviously because they ache! I have not missed one class, and I go every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and it is extremely rewarding.

    Hankido in itself is a korean martial art, that is based on circular dances like sufi dancers, and that uses the strength of its opponent to retreat from him.

    The discovery of this art, of this place, of the people that are involved has moved me so profoundly, that me, a person with very short roots, that never knows where she wants to live, stay, or die; has made myself clear of where I want to be now.

    Amazing how a way of life can show you a path ahead, of which you where blind at before. It surprises me, and because it surprises me I believe in it.

    Photograph by Hankido Chile
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