Having always belonged to a gym, when I moved from California in 1990, I went to the closest one to sign up. I had several friends who did martial arts and I had always been interested, but never thought it was something I could do it. While listening to the salesperson, I thought I need more than just another aerobic class. I left and went straight to a phonebook where I found Academy Of Kempo Martial Arts. I will never forget my first impression. I made an appointment for a Friday evening. I met Master Jones who was the Chief Instructor at the time. It was obvious the instructors I met loved what they did. I signed up and the next Monday had my first lesson with Mr. Goodner. I remember so well when he told me how to bow in, cross my arms and jump up with my heart away from my opponent. I thought he was kidding. I could not just jump from my knees to standing and of course, I feel over. Well, over the years, I have fallen over a lot, mentally and physically. I left for several years after having children, but always missed Kung Fu. After coming back I realize how much Kung Fu has changed my life. Just walking in the studios, seeing friendly faces, and knowing you are apart of something bigger than yourself is the most rewarding experience and I am so happy to be a part of it.
By: Kimberly Hoover