The Alarming Madness Method

The Madness

I feel that studying a Martial Art is a never-ending process.

I’ve studied a number in the course of my life, and because of politics or other circumstances I have never reached black belt level in any of them.

The closest I’ve been to achieving this is in Capoeira, where I attained the title of Senior Professional.

The opportunity has come up to attempt this level in my current Martial Art.

It’s a lot of work, and has arisen at a time in my life when things are very hectic.

What with a newborn, four weddings, and some weekend getaways, it would seem on the surface that there is not a lot of time to train.

The Method (Which is also Madness)

The last thing I want to do is sacrifice time with family, so I’ve asked for permission to work earlier in the day so that I might be able to make the early classes and help out in the dojo.

It’s crazy enough to work. The only side effect is that I’ll have to go to bed a little earlier, but it will be worth it.

Mrs. J is very supportive of this whole thing. I don’t think I would do it if she wasn’t on side. It really wouldn’t be fair to my special ladies.


So yes, this is the enigma that I was referring to last week.

I wasn’t in a position to talk about it when I wrote that.

I also got really busy with some weekend events, so I didn’t have time to keep everyone updated.

Again, it’s nothing to worry about. Just something that I’ve always wanted to do for myself.

Wish me luck!

12 Responses

  1. I had a really funny comment about you being a Senor Professional (Mr. Professional) but then I realized they speak Portuguese in Brazil not Spanish. Blanka would of thought it was hilarious.

    So ignore that first part … good luck with this new challenge, may it not break you (‘You break my record, now I break you, like I break your friend’ – Bolo Yeung, Bloodsport).

  2. So you were implying what I was inferring.

    It sounds like you are doing all the right things in the right way Jorge. Without the support of your wife it would not be feasible (IMHO). Having a newborn in the house is already a significant challenge. That is why I was glad mine were teens when I was faced with the challenge. That is also how I said “yes” to Sensei. I quite literally said “I accept the challenge”.

    After I completed the grading Sensei posted the following quote from General George Patton on the whiteboard: “Accept the challenges so that you may feel the exhilaration of victory.”

    It is a tough 5 months. But there are few people in my mind as “up to the task” as you are. Even if there will be days that you may wonder. You have lots of friends who will be cheering you on and helping you as much as we can.

  3. this all makes more sense now that I have read the whole blog… keep up the great work , you are wise in many ways … It’s a good thing to hear that a man actually puts wife and child before himself ….

  4. Wow – congrats and good luck!

  5. Your wife is awesome…..


  6. She definitely is!

  7. Coming from a very similar experience I can tell you there will be those dark days where you will have to dig deep inside yourself to make it through this task. Don’t be afraid to falter and to prioritize, many before you had to do this including myself. It is only those people that face adversity and still get up that deserve to meet the chalenge. Just showing up 5 days a week will not do it, many have done this and still failed. Give priority to your family and work while keeping the drive alive. In dark days have a pint with your friends (including me) who have been through the process not for guidance but for some understanding and an appreciative ear.

    You will be great, but it will be hard. Your Wife is the greatest. I know because I have a great one myself. Remember what she is also giving up for this.

  8. You say enigma.
    I think Amoeba.

  9. Luck? Yorge doesn’t need luck. Yorge is great and powerful!

    I wish you time and energy. It’s gonna take a lot out of you… but you can do eeeet.

  10. Studying a Martial Art is a never-ending process? Pfft. I learned everything about every Martial Art in the two and a half months I took Tae-Kwon-Do. Well, from that and from watching Kung Fu: The Legend Continues.

  11. I agree with Dave. I took three introductory karate lessons as a kid and I learned one routine and how to roll. Are you telling me that’s there more to martial arts than this?

  12. I think the words to the Frantic Tae Kwan Leep shtick says it all:

    You will get many “boots to the head” over the next four months. 🙂

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