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Learning How To Fight

16 Apr

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Greetings dearest readers! I feel terribly embarrassed about my long absence. I confess I’ve only really been busy with work and have no better excuses. An International Woman of Mystery really should have better time management skills! But, I digress.

In any event. I’m resolving to resume regular posting and I promise I’ve got more adventures up my sleeves. In fact, I’m in the midst of planning my next mission and I could use a little input.

See, earlier this year I began working on my list of traits that I needed to cultivate in order to truly become Jenny G.: International Woman of Mystery. One of those proposed traits was to be strong. I explored my fearless side at the shooting range, but my experience there has inspired me to explore other methods of self-defense. After watching movies like Kill Bill and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I find myself gravitating more towards martial arts as a potential way to get strong. It’s something I haven’t, as of yet, explored and I’m wildly curious. What’s more badass than being able to kick through boards?

I’ve rediscovered a love of fitness in the very active community that is Denver. I recently joined a gym-pass subscription service that allows me to take tons of different classes at studios around town and so far, I’ve stuck to the familiar favorites, like yoga and spin. But I can’t help scrolling a little slower every time I see a class options for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muy Thai and Krav Maga. I find these offerings extremely intimidating but also extremely intriguing. What better way to hone some ass-kicking skills?

Thus far I’ve had trouble making it to a class, because I’m overwhelmed by the options. That’s where you come in. I’m giving you guys the opportunity to weigh in and/or share your experiences. Below I’ll give you a couple of options I’m considering and then I’d love to hear what you think.

Option A.) Women’s Self-Defense: Basically exactly what it sounds like. I’ll get a low-down on how to protect myself within my means and maybe bring back some tips. I also like this option, because the class is taught by actual women. Jenny G. is always on the lookout for other strong and brilliant women to be inspired by.

Option B.) Krav Maga Fundamentals: It’s Krav Maga. Enough said. If you are not familiar, Krav Maga was invented for the Israel Defence Forces. According to Wikipedia it is known for its focus on real-world situations and its extremely efficient and brutal counter attacks. And it was derived from street fighting skills. Sounds pretty IWOM to me.

Option C.) Capoeira: I’m taken with the exotic name, as it is. But additionally, capoeira is legitimately exotic. It’s an African and Brazilian martial art and combines music and dance with martial arts. Being that I’m a bit nervous about this whole endeavor, I think music and dance might make this fighting style more my speed.

Option D.) Judo: Judo is known to be a gentler (It literally means “The Gentle Way.”) martial art, which appeals to my sensibilities. That said, judo also sounds pretty intense. Further investigation informs me that most of the defense is done through throws, arm locks, chokes and pins. Am I ready for that?

There will be plenty of time to explore all of these options, in the future, I’m certain. But having lost a couple of weeks, I’m anxious to get back to business and get myself on a mission. The next time an opportunity to attend one of these classes arises, I vow to seize it.

Thoughts? Let me know in the comments.

Ciao,
Jenny G.

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Ten Things I Want to Be

5 Jan

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A few months have elapsed since I first began my transformation from everyday Jennifer into Jenny G.: International Woman of Mystery. I’ve acquired most of the items from my initial list of mystery must-haves. Experienced relative success in creating the proper aesthetic. The foundations have been laid. But this is only the beginning. There is still more work to do.

I’ve brainstormed a bit and have begun to identify the traits I most identify with The International Woman of Mystery. Phase Two entails the refinement of said traits. Starting now.

1. Fearless: A work in progress, to be sure. As previously stated, conquering fear is sort of like eating the elephant. One bite at a time. Having successfully completed my first few missions, I feel hungry for more adventure. I vow to seek out more opportunities that test my prowess and challenge my deepest fears.

2. Elusive: Any good International Woman of Mystery will be adept in the art of, well, mysteriousness. I aspire to be a master of disguise as much as a figure of intrigue. Adopting an alias has been a good start, but now I must become more advanced in my ability to roam the streets of Denver (and The World) undetected. Jenny G. will keep the people guessing.

3. Resourceful: One can never have too many skills, but as a woman of the world, this is especially important. Wherever and whenever possible, I make it my mission to always cultivate new methods for survival and new abilities to add to my repertoire.

4. Strong: Self-explanatory. The International Woman of Mystery must possess prowess on a physical level as much as a mental one. Always ready for battle. I will work on my stamina, my acuity and my overall ability to kick some ass.

5. Zen: As I’ve already discovered through my adventures (and misadventures), it can be tough out there for a woman of the world. The International Woman of Mystery must be transcendent. I will learn to find an inner calm that allows her to stay centered and focused even while kicking ass.

6. Independent: James Bond didn’t become a super agent by relying on others, and neither will Jenny G. I’ve already taken some respectable steps toward claiming my independence, but I must always be mindful not to lose ground in this arena. Gone are the days of relying on a man, my parents or my feminine wiles to save me. It’s time to stand on my own two feet. No exceptions. No excuses.

7. Benevolent: Ass-kicking and international espionage are all well and good, but it seems important not to lose heart. This International Woman of Mystery will find ways to give back and maybe even inspire others with her kindness and generosity.

8. Spontaneous: All these other skills are virtually a waste if I’m not out living the dream. Jenny G. must be ever ready for adventure. Even at a moment’s notice. I’ve never been particularly good at going with the flow. This coming year, I will embrace the impromptu. I will work on following my heart more than my day planner.

9. Stylish: I’ve done some work already toward looking the part, but I don’t just mean the superficial aspects of my new identity. In addition to assembling a classier wardrobe, Jenny G. will strive to exude sophistication on all levels.

10. Confident: There is no such thing as an ill-confident International Woman of Mystery. In this life, my self-assurance is likely to be tested. I will learn to trust in my own ability and stand up to adversity. I can do this. I will do this.

Ciao,
Jenny G.