One of the things I like best about the martial arts school we attend is that they offer a variety of elective classes. In reality, some of these electives are actually required for advancement beyond a certain rank. For example, to earn a black belt, you have to show proficiency in several grappling and striking techniques that aren’t taught in the basic curriculum. Coincidentally, these electives are usually lots of fun; the boys and I really like the Saturday sparring and grappling classes. There’s also a “Fight Class” elective that offers fewer restrictions: strikes to the legs, groin, and head are permitted, and so are some types of takedowns and ground fighting. The class is only open to students age 13 and over, so David and I have been going for the last two weeks. It’s a blast! It’s really energizing to get in the ring and apply what I’ve been learning for the last year or so. David and I have had fun sparring with each other, and it’s fun for me to show him that youth and enthusiasm are no match for old age and treachery.