Top Ten Ways You Know You’re a Martial Artist

A bit of humor to kick off your Monday…


10. You close doors or turn on/off lights with a roundhouse kick…every time.

9. Your dog heels when you kyap.

8. You judge a good pair of jeans by their flexibility and range of motion.

7. You find yourself quoting Pearson”isms” all the time.

6. You chart out the trigrams during staff meetings at work.

5. You’ve said at least once, to your significant other, “let me see your arm for just a minute…”

4. Kitchen knives….’nuff said.

3. You’ve accidentally called your college professor “sir” and bowed when walking in or out of class.

2. You’re called into the school principal’s office because you’re kid has been fighting and the first thing you ask him is “did you use good form?”

1. You’ve answered your home or work phone more than once by saying “thank you for calling IME (or insert school’s name here), how can I help you?”

I have definitely done all of these things…sadly!  But kidding aside, we are somewhat of a strange breed.  At every Winter Retreat that our school holds for our black belts we have a really cheesy, touchy/feely moment at the end where we each have the chance to discuss what being involved in Shin Ho Kwan means to us.  Every year someone inevitably brings up the fact that there is a tacit understanding of things between martial artists, things you could try too explain to people who don’t practice, all day, until you’re blue in the face, and they still would not come close to understanding.  Being a martial artist means never having to explain to your friends why the more it hurts, the more you laugh or the valuable the experience was.  In other words, there is a community and a camaraderie that is part and parcel of practicing martial arts.  This unity is something very special and unique.  It extends beyond the barriers of race, age, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, or even…as hard as it may sometimes be…martial arts style preference.  If you laughed at or identified with anything on the above list, well…then welcome to the inner circle.  We’re glad you’re here!

I’ve made some of my best friends through martial arts. I’m really lucky to be part of this community.

requirement fulfilled,


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