I teach an after school English class for some of the more advanced students in my elementary school. Today, we played the game 3 Truths and A Lie. I told them to write down 3 true sentences and 1 lie. We didn't have enough time to read them outloud in class today and guess which sentence was the lie, so I collected their papers and tucked them away for next week's class... but not before reading a few to see what they came up with!
With the likes of WWE superstar/pro MMA fighter, Bobby Lashley
, and fitness guru Ross Enamait
tweeting the video, it just went crazy. See it for yourself here
I simply cannot believe the response to the video I posted of my judo instructor. Off a whim I asked him to show some of his physical abilities through the exercises he uses in his own personal training regimen. So he did and I filmed. I left the videos on my camera for over a month before I got around to putting a video together. I figured it would be just another judo workout video to most. Let's just say I was wrong.
Pedaling through Gyeongju at night. This is a flat city, built millennia ago beneath the great sheltering wall of South Mountain, and unlike the near-vertical drops of Busan you can really get around in this place if you’ve got a bike: only the crisscrossing four-lane highways pose any danger, and the traffic lights go on forever. Even as I bike here I’ve got New York on my mind: there at least the lights change after just a few seconds.
I am now training at Team MAD Busan - an MMA academy. Interesting that it turns out some top notch pro fighters like Kim Dong-Hyun of the UFC but is not very well marketed. It may just be that it isn't marketed to the international crowd yet, but there is very little on the internet about where they are and how to find them if you are a foreigner.
Yesterday morning I was greeted at random by one of the university security guards, who smiled, bowed, and offered up such a polite peace-be-upon-you that I could barely respond to him. The baby had cried a bit the night before—we’ve both caught the same terrible cold, but as usual my wife’s implacable immune system has left her completely unscathed—and I was still smarting from the wounds leftover from battling random strangers on the internet, so it was not until I found myself conversing with one of my nicer students a few hours later that I realized how foul my mood was.
Now looking back, I see that it was pretty sweet being a kid, no responsibilities, you can run around and play all the time - but wait, I teach 5 year old kids and their life isn't all peaches; they have so much pressure on them to learn many important things, everyone tells them what to do (including me!) and they are always getting into trouble, they can never just be kids and do what they want to do. Being a kid sucks sometime since children grow up so fast these days and start studying and working very hard, very young.
I remember being a kid and asking my mom on Mother's day, why there was no childrens day? It doesn't seem fair that Mothers and Father's get a day all for themselves, especially since, it seemed to me at that age, that they got whatever they wanted all the time! Her answer was always the same, "everyday is Children's Day." I however, disagreed.