I have a lot of people ask me - "what's with the sawhorse?" This starts a long conversation beginning with: its not a sawhorse, it's a horse bench. From there it's why I have a horse bench, to Kung Fu, to the I Ho Chuan.
Then people ask why would you want to do that? There are so many reasons that I stumble over my words as they all try to all come out at once. I usually have to focus for a second and gather my thoughts before I answer.
The single biggest reason is because it has made me a better person. Before they ask how, I continue with the how.
It has taught me how to structure my life and stick to a plan. It has taught me to focus on the important things in life and don't sweat the small stuff. It has taught me the importance of family (my own family and my Kung Fu family). And it caused me to evaluate where I was physically and made me make changes to improve my eating habits and improve my fitness level.
Most people look at me like that is crazy that I would do all this but some say they wish they could do something like this as they would like to make similar changes in their own lives. This makes me happy that I am part of the I Ho Chuan this year as I think I am actually embracing the process this year for the first time since my black belt grading year.