My Karate Training Dilemma Martial Arts | My Life 20 OCT 2011

I sit with a bit of a dilemma on my hands with regards to my karate training, and the decision is a big one – should I continue or should I stop?

It’s important to understand why this dilemma has arisen. First, you must understand that I still enjoy practicing my karate and certainly enjoy training, but simply put, the reality of family life has had a big impact on my extramural activities – and this is a cold hard fact.

Last week was a little special – due to circumstances with Chantelle’s work, I was actually able to attend both training sessions for a change, but believe me, this is a pretty rare thing to be able to do.

Chantelle and Andy share the duties as managers of Gordon’s Beach Lodge, and this of course means shift work, covering both morning, evening and weekend shifts. Previously this obviously wasn’t such a big thing because I would simply continue doing my own thing if Chantelle was on duty, but obviously with Jessie around, this has completely changed.

In terms of my training, I am guaranteed at least one late shift a week that falls either on the Monday or Wednesday, meaning that I can now only attend one karate training session a week – which is only a hour long and thus computes to a measly 4 hours of karate a month! (Not to mention all the events I find myself having to withdraw from!)

Needless to say this is not nearly enough in order for me to keep up with the rest of the group, and subsequently I am well behind in my syllabus necessary for the upcoming grading come early December.

And this simply isn’t fair on Sensei Birgitt or the rest of the class as far as I’m concerned.

So now I sit with the question as to whether or not I continue to limp along as I have for the last couple of months, or throw in the towel for now, until Jessica is old enough for me to cart along to the venue, and pick it up later again?

Sigh, I guess I can’t really complain about this though. One knows that there will be a lot of sacrifices which need to be made if you want to bring a child into this world and more importantly, raise them properly! Decisions, decisions, decisions…

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About Craig Lotter

South African software architect and developer at Touchwork. Husband to a cupcake baker and father to two little girls. I don't have time for myself any more.

  • Interesting post. I’ve found that the more I can involve my wife and kid into my physical recreational activities, the better we’ll all be. Take your wife and daughter to the gym for swimming classes while you work out, or go for a good long walk on the beach regularly. All 3 of you will benefit.

    • I don’t think you quite understand Munaf. The problem is simply that there are very few times that Chantelle and I are both at home at the same time due to her shift work that includes weekends and evenings. When she’s at work, I need to care for Jessica, which curtails the time I have available to me which is a problem in attending evening karate classes. I still exercise every morning and every afternoon before and during work, so there’s no issue with exercise routine.