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Below are 5 QUESTIONS, random or relevant asked to Michael Hodge, head instructor of Ultimate Training and Black Belt at Home.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.