Sil-Lum Kung-Fu Sparring
I can remember the first time I ever sparred. It was in Sil-Lum Kung-Fu class, back in 2002. I didn’t know what it meant or what it entailed until I was watching it between two other students before I was called out to step on the mat.
My opponent was a yellow belt at the time (the ranks go white, yellow, green, blue, brown, and black). He was told to go easy on me; and I had no idea what that meant at the time. I was nervous as hell because I knew I wasn’t going to like getting hit.
After my rounds were finished, though, I knew I was going to like sparring. It was like an adrenaline rush, and it has become a stress reliever to this day. And I don’t mind getting hit now, because I LOVE to release my “inner warrior.”
This stage is called strength and endurance. It teaches that when you get knocked down, you either choose to stay down, or you get back up and continue to fight.
To recite a quote here, I like to “unleash my inner warrior and stay with the fight,” which is from a mixed martial art program called Les Mills Combat.
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