Not that Jiu Jitsu is a box, it’s just something I thought of in reference to my father. He has his routines, his habits, and particular preferences in life. When my stepmother and I try to talk him into doing or trying something different, his response is one he made up while talking to a shoe salesman (who was trying to sell him a different brand of sneaker than his usual),
“It’s safe inside the box. Nothing bad ever happens inside the box.” Now my father is actually a very easygoing man with a sense of humor, so it just makes the encounter all the more amusing.
Anyway, back to the point, our gym offers a number of different programs in addition to Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Kettlebells. There’s also Muay Thai, Tae Kwan Do for kids and adults, No-Gi, and Capoeira.
It’s this last one that I am thinking of trying out on Saturday, Capoeira. Who doesn’t love to dance a little bit? Dance FIGHTING? Even better. It’s taught by Lobo Mau *(His name is also Martin, but I think that’s what he prefers in class. Dunno, I’ll find out and report) along with his wife, Jolli. They both seem quite nice and patient, so I think I’ll be in good hands.
The natural sense of rhythm I have I feel will serve me quite well in this arena: from what I understand they don’t use the standard 2-4 beats, but instead use the 3 beat more common in Latin music (my boyfriend is a piano player, and that is the sole reason I know any of this). It’s the handstands that will mess me up.
Pray I won’t have to do any handstands.
I think it’s something fun to try, a great cardio workout, and may even work to strengthen weak areas (read, upper arm strength) and improve my balance if I continue with it.
Sometimes it’s nice to take a look outside of the box now and again.