It was really strange knowing that last night was the last I’d spend in our current dojang, my home-from-home for the last three years. At first It didn’t really bother me; training’s training, you get on with it and work hard, but as the clock ticked around to 9 o’clock and we were asked to line up and then choose our favourite hyung to perform one last time, it really hit home. It surprised me that I chose Naihanchi Cho Dan, but I’m glad it was the one that sprang to mind.
Sitting down for muk nyum at the end was unusal too. Normally I’m pretty good at blanking everything from my mind and not thinking for a minute or two (I’ve just got that kind of mind I suppose…), but for that couple of minutes I had a kind of compressed flashback. Getting in there that first time, gutting and painting it, injuring myself, parties, gradings, my own Dan grading, laughs, frustration, pride – after a relatively hard lesson and a long day at work it was a bit like being hit by an emotional steamroller.
I’m a sentimental person at the best of times, so I’m not too surprised that I felt sad to drive away afterwards, but I know it’s just a building, and I know the next place is going to be fantastic too. As I was cooking my food when I got home, for some reason I started wondering just how hard we’ve worked in there over the years, and me being me, decided to try and figure it out. So here is my faux-scientist, quasi-mathematical look at our work in the last three years.
- By my reckoning, an average lesson would probably have burned an effective 300-400 Calories. Some estimates put the amount into the 600+ range, but I’d rather go conservative here. The fitter and thinner people would burn fewer Calories than us
heavier guysSip Soo specialists.
- We’ve always had the equivalent of four lessons a week in there, if you count things like Viper Squad, kids lessons, post-TSD Kickboxing etc. Again, this is very conservative.
- I’d say that an average of eight people being at every lesson is fair, sometimes it was higher, sometimes lower, but this is a good low estimate.
8 (people) * 350 (average Calories per leson) = 2,800 Calories burned per lesson.
2,800 * 4 (average lessons per week) = 11,200 Calories burned per week.
11,200 * 52 (weeks a year) = 582,400 Calories burned per year.
582,400 * 3 (years) = 1,747,200 Calories burned in total.
As I said, these are very conservative numbers, but even with that we’ve expended over 1.7 MILLION Calories in that building! It takes ~86 Calories to light a 100W bulb for an hour, so between us we could have kept that light bulb burning bright for just over 846 days continuously!
We wave goodbye to the old place with one hand while we use the other to open the door to our new home. Tang Soo, dojang, Tang Soo!