I’ve been making every excuse in the book to not spar these days…..
Not that I’ve ever really been consistent with sparring to begin with, but I want to be. Sparring for those not in the know is a controlled form of training where you casually fight a teammate.
The real reason that I don’t want to spar is that by the time sparring rounds go.. I just want to go home. On Fridays we show up to the dojo all bushy eyed and excited to get on with our training at 4:30.. The kids take their class, I sometimes join in for weapons class, then there’s a black belt only class that I never take just because… Afterwards I finally go in for thai class. By the time these are all over both the kids and I are tired and hungry… That out ranks my wanting to spar EVERY time…
My Sensei keeps asking me to stay afterwards and I always find one reason or another to quickly run off the mats and into the comfort of my PJ’s..
But last week.. Last week I couldn’t stay because my mouth guard went MIA..I like my teeth where they are (well I wouldn’t them being slightly corrected a bit but what are the chances a punch to the face would help me out like that?) I told her I know I keep making excuses and I needed to stop doing that…
So I did something that cannot be undone…..
I pinky promised that I would spar this Friday (today)… no excuses..
There is no backing out of a pinky promise..There’s also no sparring without a mouth guard….
Genius me has been completely oblivious to the fact that I would have to go out and buy a new one….
And it’s Black Friday….
My next post, if I survive, will detail my journey to attempt to get a mouth guard at Walmart during the chaos that is Black Friday….