First up: Bally Total Fitness. That's right, I gave up my $15 a month membership (hope you're enjoying it Kelli!) because I didn't know where I would find one in Seoul, if at all. I'm pretty sure I googled it, but a map of Seoul meant nothing to me then-certainly not "Jeongja". It turns out that there is a Bally's in Jeongja, which is very close to us and even closer to the school. Last week, all the kids went one day after school. I couldn't go because I work pretty far from Jeongja so Jim took her. Ruby was reported as being totally "locked in" and focused. She was very proud of herself because she broke a (balsa wood) board!
On Saturday, we all tried out an MMA gym
Here's Ruby learning the "Shrimp" move
This is Ruby wrestling an instructor to the ground:
The MMA gym was a lot of fun. They played lots of games. But it wasn't structured enough for what I think Ruby needs. Besides, we still had one place to try out.
The Taekwondo place we tried out today is near Goodmorning Hill. The instructor tried to turn us down a few times because he doesn't speak any English. We were persistent though. And with my secretary, Chloe's, help we made it for a try out. Chloe went as far as to drive all the way down after work to translate for us at the class. She's amazing like that.
|Ruby working on speed and agility|
|Learning how to punch|
And the winner is....The last place. They're starting the kids at twice per week and we'll see how they do.
UPDATE (3/15/13). We switched from the last place to Bally's. Bally's presented us with an offer we could not refuse: transportation. They pick the kids up from school and drop them off at home! Besides, Ruby seems more comfortable because Master Park speaks English.