Having formally quit savate and shing-yi training over a year ago because of the insane busy life of being a working mom, I pretty much left martial arts behind me.  So martial arts training wasn’t even in the backburner of my mind as I was grading like a mad woman this past Friday, when I felt a presence near my office door.

“May I help you?”

It was Chris,  one of my World Lit students, dressed in his white gi.  This wasn’t unusual, as he, a member of the Eastfield Kenpo Club, sometimes would dress in his gi in class.  So at first I thought he needed info for the class’s Final Exam.  But then I noticed two other students behind him, also in gi’s.

“Uh… we were wondering….  Could you be the second advisor for our kenpo club?”

I suppose it would’ve made logical sense that they would ask me, considering my past martial arts background… except that I never mentioned that part of my life, not one whit at Eastfield, in class or out, since I quit.  As it turned out, they were just randomly asking professors that they knew, hoping that one of them would bite.

Usually I would’ve said no — being the SKD faculty advisor in fulfillment of my “student services” faculty duties is busy enough as it is.  But, fortunately, a second (read “secondary”) advisor is more of a rubber-stamper of official forms when the primary advisor isn’t available.  I made it clear to these three that that was all I could afford, time-wise, and they seemed okay with that.

So… I said, “Yes.”

And what was pretty cool was that they actually have heard of savate — they saw my three glove test certificates that I hang on my office wall, opposite of my three degrees — although none of them have heard of shing-yi… which wasn’t really surprising.

After some small-talk, they left.  I looked wistfully at those three certificates, tried not to feel *too* old and fat, and got back to my mountainous grading.  🙂

Kenpo?   KENPO???  Yes… kenpo.

About lizardqueen

If single-mothering were a paid job, I'd be rich. However, it doesn't, so I write (which doesn't pay the bills) and teach (which does). I'm overly-educated in the liberal arts, but that doesn't hinder my ability to be pragmatic and realistic. YAY.
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