How a Movie Inspired Me to Join Martial Arts
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So that was something I had experienced in class 11. It was a sunny fall day and I had just come home from school. I freshened up and ate my lunch in a hurry. Then I drew the curtains and sat down at the computer, ready to watch the movie.
It was Kill Bill Volume 1, a Quentin Tarantino movie. It was the first Tarantino movie I had watched, followed by Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds and others. From the first second of the opening credits, I had a feeling it would be a different experience. The hairs on my arms slowly started to rise.
When Beatrix Kiddo, played by Uma Thurman, single-handedly gunned down two men immediately after waking up from a coma, I felt that chill go down my spine. The power and agency given to a supposedly weak woman thrilled me to the bone. Until then, I had rarely seen other media portray women in such a dangerous and strong light.
The thought of a murderous woman seeking revenge for her lost baby burned through my senses like a sharp needle. Well, there was something so cool about it (not that I thought I would become an assassin myself). It kind of told me that when you’re motivated and patient enough, what you’re looking for will inevitably come your way.
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But what attracted me the most was the fighting skills of this scary woman. I mean, is it really possible to possess this kind of weird power, I think to myself. That’s how I started to crave at least a fraction of that incredible physical power and fighting techniques, and was inspired by a movie to join the martial arts.
So yeah, over the next two months I found myself looking for a karate dojo in my neighborhood. I signed up for the first one I found. My parents were a bit skeptical about this and also tried to discourage me. Other relatives have also scoffed at the idea, some even claiming that I am not capable of it. But I was determined, with an iron conviction.
I joined a Kyokushin karate class and immediately fell in love with the routine of exercises, fighting stances, punches, kicks, etc. I realized how much physical activity excites me. It brought energy to my slumped school days. It was also the first time that I really believed in myself.
I have been learning Kyokushin Karate for over 6 years. I can confidently say that when no one stood by my side in my quest for physical strength and combat prowess, the story of Kill Bill was there as a sparkling light of inspiration.
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