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A New Found Love of Kickboxing

I never thought I would appreciate kickboxing this much…

I never thought I would be able to tell the difference between a push kick and a snap kick or how to execute the perfect elbow. Honestly, I never really thought I would care.

From the first moment I met Robert, I knew that martial arts was now going to be a part of my life. I knew I would spend hours and hours watching MMA fights or going on romantic nights out to Jiujitsu matches at the South Philly, 2400 Arena. I knew that I would find myself staying up to 1 am whenever there was a pay-per-view on in a different country. I knew I had to learn to appreciate it, but I never thought I would actually enjoy practicing Martial Arts myself.

Yet, here I am, quarantined, like the rest of the world, turning to Google instead of the gym to keep my body moving. And I am shocked, to find myself obsessing over the amazing kickboxing workouts I discovered on Youtube. Not just because of the amazing cardio, but because of the technique, the beauty and the precision that goes into each punch and every kick. The mindfulness you need in every movement that makes a 45 minute work out feel like 5 minutes. And the power that you use in every combo that makes you feel like you are stronger than ever.

I know that these kickboxing workouts are just a fun way to get an insane amount of cardio in, and I know that what I am doing in my bedroom is nothing like actual Martial Arts, but now, every time Robert turns on a match, I will be able to tell the difference between a push kick and a snap kick. I will be able to admire the perfect precision of an elbow and I will be able to truly appreciate the beauty and art in every move.

I don’t think Robert has ever been this happy : )

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