Reaching New Heights

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I decided to do something different.  Break up the monotony of life and challenge myself.  There is no better way to do that than to climb.  I’ve always loved climbing.  Maybe it’s because I was born in the year of the monkey or maybe its just the tomboy in me.  I just like to climb.  You feel the power surging through your body as you rise up above the world.  You look down and see how far you’ve come.  It’s an amazing experience and a great confidence builder.

I went to the Texas Rock Climbing Gym with a friend.  Their web site says, “Texas Rock Gym is the biggest climbing facility in the state of Texas!  We have over 40 top-rope stations, an expansive lead climbing area with an arch, and a separate bouldering cave – over 14,000 square feet of climbable surface, and hundreds of constantly changing routes.”  They have the sweetest indoor climbing setup.  Just watch this video and see for yourself.

The safety equipment is efficient and easy to master.  Everybody has to go through an instruction and safety course on their first visit.  It only takes a few minutes and then your able to start your adventure.  It had been a long time since I had climbed anything, so the first few times I only went up half way.  However, it wasn’t long before I was climbing all the way to the top.

I can’t say that this was a complete non-martial arts activity.  I really wanted to test my martial arts training in a non-martial arts activity.  First and foremost, the grip training from BJJ and Judo came in handy.  I think it even helped to improve my grips.  And of course, strength, agility, and balance all came into play.  This is definitely a great activity that you can do with your non-jits friends.  And, you won’t feel too guilty about missing a training session.

We all have periods in time where we get so wrapped up in our daily lives that we forget to live.  I think it’s important to step outside of the little boxes called life, that we have created for ourselves.  When you step outside of your box, you open yourself up to new experiences and enrich your life in so many ways.  It’s called living not existing…

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