The other day, our friend Cynthia and her daughter Star were visiting us at home, and they told us about a new exercise program they were doing called Yaw-Yan (sounds like Yow-Yawn). They explained how it's a hand-to-hand self-defense martial art created in the Philippines in the early 1970s, how it's being taught on our island, and they wanted to know if we wanted to try it out. Before I could answer, my 83 pound wife (Rose)said, 'We're in! Let's do this!'
Two days later we go to Cynthia's home, located inside the resort compound of Cummings Highlands (www.cummingshighlands.com), and register for the class.
Class begins with stretching, strengthening exercises, and then right into punching and kicking training.
'This is Awesome, I Love it!' Rose laughs as she daintily pummels her much larger instructor.
Five minutes later we are breathing heaving and experiencing how out of shape we are. 'Ma'am Rose, Mister Greg, I think after 10 days you won't be so fat. Then you will be a much better fighter and athlete.'
Did I hear him right? Did the instructor just call us 'fat'? But he is right. We are not in top form, and we are not aerobically fit... but we will be!
Rose smiles at me, 'You look sexy in my eyes Hon.' - and she punches me in my paunch. 'Now let's get it on!'
Sparring, kicking, punching and heavy breathing continue for another 60 minutes before we conclude with a knife fighting demonstration.
'Wow, this is exciting! Thank you for letting us join this fun course with Cynthia and Star. Cynthia also told me that we should swim in her pool when we are done. She said that swimming and a glass of wine are good for the soul.' I smile and realize that we have just had another wonderful experience in Paradise - I
to admit... our life is Like Winning the Lottery - It's filled with friendship, family bonding, invigorating experiences, in a beautiful stress-free environment. Maybe it's from all the vitamin sea we have here.
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