• Larry

2018 A Time for Embracing Change

Updated: Jan 22, 2018

There are many reasons used not to engage with physical activities; some of the most common I have been given include:


“I don’t enjoy sport”

“I have never done anything like that before”

“I’m too (young/old/busy)…”


One of the advantages of getting older, is that it has given me time to reflect on these statement.


I have a clear recollection of telling my wife when I first met her in 1978 that “I can guarantee you the last thing I will ever EVER be interested in is art”


This Wednesday I start a 3 month online Oxford Renaissance Art History course.



Beside the fact that she cannot stop reminding me of how wrong I was, it is one of the many things that throughout my life have changed and with it I hope making me a more rounded person.


“I don’t enjoy sport” was one I employed for a number of years, like many people this stemmed from the forced oppressive school system at the time, insisting that you had to be involved in team sports or run cross country when it was cold, wet and muddy. What I didn’t realise until later was that I don’t enjoy sports that were forced upon me.


In the mid-1980s my wife and niece Natasha Brand started horse riding, something I had never done before so decided to wait in the car (as the only driver at the time). After 2 weeks of sitting in the freezing cold car for an hour and a half waiting for them to finish I thought “ it cant get much worse than this.” So the following week I thought I would give it a try.


For a while it did get worse! Bouncing around on top of a large horse can be painful and scary. However the bug soon hit and I spent over 25 years with my own horses; competing, teaching, or simply hacking. It can be far more scary and dangerous than martial arts!


In the late 1990s when my daughter was 8 I wanted something that we could do together, ( she hated my first idea of horse riding).


So my wife booked us on a Tae Kwon-do lesson with Kevin Eastwood in Swaffham. I think I moaned that I was a bit old for martial arts and anyway I was

working in Norwich so definitely too busy.

Obviously, once again, I was wrong (and my wife was right). As here we are in 2018 and I am still totally engrossed with it.


It is easy to stick to the familiar and to maintain the thought processes that were thrust upon you as you were growing up.


Change can be daunting but for me I have found that embracing new challenges and new ideas makes life a lot more interesting.


So at some stage in 2018 try something new, not just a sport (although I can recommend a great Tae Kwon-do club in Mildenhall!) but anything that give you a new look on life, you may find that your still doing it when you get to my old age!.


Oh and I also learned never disagree with your wife as she will never let you forget how many times she has been proved right!

#martialartsnorfolk #martialartsmildenhall

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