Tuesday, February 07, 2006

      ( 9:12 AM ) teahouse
Barbaric Yawp

As a new devotee of a martial art, I've been learning how to yell things while I'm going through my movements.

I'm the newest student in many classes, so I have no idea what's going on. People breathe hard, they shout things in a foreign language, they yell.

I asked the instructor, "What am I supposed to be yelling?"

It turns out, I can yell whatever I want. I just let my body take over.

It's surprisingly hard to shout something like, "Hi-YAH!!" You'd think that it would be easy, but my demure self holds me back from it.

But during the last class, when I learned how to kick a large punching bag, I started to let it morph into various manifestations of my ugly past - mean ex boyfriends, angry clients, yelling partners.

After that, it was surprisingly easy.

Instead of shouts of indeterminate language, I was yelling things like, "You SUCK!" and "I HATE You!" and "You had a SMALL PENIS!"



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THIRTYSOMETHING (!!) year old Asian American New Yorker, lawyer, amateur musician, curious girl taking a bite out of the Big Apple. Don't mess with me - I'm short and I look demure, but I carry a big purse. And I've just embarked on the journey of married life in Manhattan.

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