This is the second post in relation to my seeking authenticity for my characters in their martial pursuits and I know you are all dying to find out how I am going (Sarcasm if you didn’t guess). The last few weeks have actually been extremely enlightening as my taekwondo has been momentarily put on the back burner. This is because of a few different things, at first it was because I got sick with a really bad flu thus I had to miss a few classes, and since then I was riddled with one injury after another from my other sports. Until now I was just sad because all these things have had a huge impact on both my level of skill and fitness and at the time I couldn’t see its use for this post, but then I realised it was exactly what I needed for my characters.
So this is what happened to me: A few weeks ago I was quite badly sick, but being me I didn’t realise it until I was actually lying on the floor with a high fever because I couldn’t walk anymore. I had been feeling off for a few days, but didn’t think much of it until I went to taekwondo and told my instructor that I feel a bit sick because at that point I felt like I was going to vomit. But I didn’t want to be a baby so pushed through and tried my hardest not to hurl! I did succeed but ended up a little green at the end of the class and I was so happy that the last twenty minutes we did patterns. Patterns is a set of movements such as blocks, kicks and punches that martial arts students must learn in order to move on to a higher belt and it sort of subliminally teaches you to do those things in combat situations- like blocking attacks etc. I was not up for the next couple of classes, but I did go to my circus fit class the next day thinking it would be fine. Circus Fit is a circuit using the high and low trapeze, lira and silks. Safe to say, I knew I was sick in that class because I felt so weak! Moves that I had been doing for weeks were so hard to achieve, my arms felt like jelly and I was sweating like a pig. The best thing that happened in that class was that I fell off the silks from the roof. All I remember was being up the top and then my face said hello to the floor. Still on Thursday I went for my pole class and found that quite difficult, I had to keep drinking water and I could feel my strength was nowhere near where it should be. I could only hold moves for a few moments at a time and perhaps I was having a fever because I was sweating buckets and felt WAY to hot. It was then I realised wow, my right wrist hurts sooooooooo much and every time I moved it I kept hearing a click, click, and click. It hurt so much that I couldn’t write with a pen and some of my poems on Instagram are lopsided and that pain lasted up until yesterday.
Then, last Wednesday I was put with the new students to ease them into the class and I think I kind of scared them because they kept jumping every time I went to kick! It makes me laugh, except for the fact that they would move the pads and paddles, making me extend my body to hit the target in unnatural ways. In doing this I popped out my hip, which is no big deal, my hips are messed up anyway. However, this time it was different and I couldn’t walk for two days without being in excruciating pain. It doesn’t hurt anymore, but it is so uncomfortable and I still walk with a limp. I know I need to go to the chiro, but whatever.
Enough of my whining! How does this pain help me? It helps me imagine the emotions my characters feeling which is anger, helplessness, pride and determination. I can't wait to put it into use in my writing and I hope that you could use this in some way for your characters. Perhaps, you are writing about a war and your soldiers are hurt, or similar to me, writing about warriors or even contemporary fiction on the rehabilitation of someone after a car accident. I don’t know what you can use this information for, but if I can use it, you can use it! My next post on this topic will be grading where I receive my coloured belt. I am so excited!
Let me know if you have found this useful and how you may be able to integrate this information into your own stories!