I call my neighbours The Taekwondos because the whole family, father, mother, son and daughter all learn that noble Korean martial art whilst I study White Crane Kungfu which originates in Southern China.
This morning my black uniform with its Chinese logo hangs out on the line in view of nextdoor’s washing with its row of white taekwondo uniforms. Rival emblems hanging out in the October sun – a battle cry or what!
Four against one, kungfu versus taekwando, we were discussing this at their party a week ago and decided that, when I am better, we will put it to the test. I reminded them that they may have their battery of kicks but I also have my seven and a half foot staff and my beloved Chinese straight sword. No contest!
I am off to the park to practise.