Black Belt at Home Blog
5 Questions with Sensei Michael Hodge
- June 4, 2012
- Posted by: GMAU
- Category: Sensei Michael
Below are 5 QUESTIONS, random or relevant asked to Michael Hodge, head instructor of Ultimate Training and Black Belt at Home.
1. What is your favorite martial arts weapon?
That would be nunchakus. Although, Bo is a very close second. Nunchakus were my first weapon to learn; I have spent the most time with the weapon. I love the way they rotate and create a flurry of movement, like a firecracker exploding in front of your face – that you control! I especially love working with double nunchakus; and seeing awe in crowds faces (hopefully most of the time). My enjoyment with nunchakus led me to learning all other weapons; and helped me understand the mechanics at a deeper level.
2. Why did you begin martial arts?
My dad began training in martial arts. I loved to watch him at this belt tests; teach me some moves at home, and practice along with him. I always thought it was “his thing” and that it was more for grown ups (since he trained with a few of his work friends). After two years of watching him, I finally jumped in at age 7. I did not necessarily start just because I was a smaller child or because of bullies (although these things did happen to me). Since I started so young, I feel the added confidence made me more immune to negative situations going through school.
3. Do you like any other sports?
I love to ski. It is such a thrill to race down the mountain, slash up snow, and feel the wind through your face and hear your body piercing the air. I have skiied in Colorado, New Mexico, and California. I still have many mountains that I want to tackle – I am not an expert skier (yet…) I like to watch football at times, usually only pro football.
4. Any hobbies?
My biggest hobby is definitely learning Spanish. I have worked at hit for about 6 years on and off; I recently made a decision to be fully fluent by the end of this year. Necesito mas ayudar. Tu sabes espanol, quisiera a practicar contigo – estoy tomando lecciones cada dia en el internet, pero necesito hablar con mi voce a aomentar experencia.
5.Any great martial arts moments?
I have had so, so many of various types over the years. This may sound like an odd choice; but one of the most energizing and eclectic experiences I have had was teaching 300 children age 6-7 a martial arts class. This was a special school presentation teaching children goal setting + self defense. Having 300 kids scream “Yes SIR!” and get so excited created a massive amount of energy within me.