ed-grubermanIt can be so easy to get in a pattern of taking yourself too seriously when you are in pursuit of a goal.  You begin to feel that success or failure hinges on every decision you make and life just stops being fun!

That’s just no way to live!

Now, I’m just as serious as the next person…

Actually, I’m probably far more serious than the next person, but I love to have fun.

As you are probably aware, one of my passions in life is my study of martial arts – Chinese Kempo Karate, to be specific.

As a 3rd degree black belt, it could certainly be very easy to take myself too seriously in karate.boot-to-the-head

The thing is, the more I study and the more I learn, the more I understand how very little I actually know – how much MORE there is to know – and that I will NEVER know it all, regardless of how long or how hard I study.  There is an endless void of knowledge that even the true masters have only scratched the surface of.

That is very humbling – but that’s the whole point.

boot-to-the-head2One of the things our karate school in Virginia does to promote what it does and how it does it is through demonstrations in the community.  They are great fun and they showcase everything from the simplest of the basics to funny skits to serious, hard core simulated self-defense.  I love demos and I miss being able to participate in them since we moved to Florida.

Every once in a while though, I get an opportunity to jump into a demo at a local martial arts school and it is so much fun and it gives me a moment to laugh at myself.

Recently, our young friend, Cody Conrad, earned his 1st degree black belt at the age of 17.  He is a remarkable young man who doesn’t take himself too seriously.  At his black belt spectacular (demo), we were invited to join in the fun, so we introduced one of our favorite skits from demos past in Virginia and it was so much fun.

My role of Ed Gruberman, the potential student with a bad attitude who wants to “trash bozos” was great fun and gave me ample opportunity to laugh at myself.  I hope you enjoy it as well!