Karate Gal Problems

Women that do martial arts will relate
  1. No more professional manicures.
    Seriously, what's the point? I've lost count the number of times I've cracked my thumbnails down the center.
  2. Wearing your uniform to run errands after classes solicits clever banter.
    "You're a black belt? You're not going to beat me up, are you?"
  3. You catch yourself practicing your form in your head- sometimes with hand motions- at random times.
    Oddly, unsettling for others.
  4. What...to do...with all the damn color/skunk belts earned to get to 1st degree? Or those from 1st to 2nd?
  5. Choosing music for forms means a level of commitment rivaling marriage.
    Not to mention the precision to get the timing right between music and form
  6. You've gotten used to saying, "No, I'm sorry, I can't. I have karate class/ a tournament/ qualifier/ belt test/ Supershow."
  7. Buying a special wedding ring just to do martial arts in.
    Diamonds aren't for hitting heavy bags.
  8. Choosing between creative answers or the truth when you've busted your knuckles. Again.
  9. Not knowing where bruises came from- even when they are Huge!
    No, my husband doesn't beat me, but I appreciate your concern.
  10. Hearing, "Wow, you don't look like you do martial arts?"
    We should have a 'look'...I assume they just mean, "Funny, you aren't Asian"?