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“These are the things I hold close when I remember that while growing up I contended with some things that no ten-year-old should.”

“It’s an amazing workout, an extremely efficient form of self-defence, and if you want to compete, pretty much all the gyms offer that avenue. So I would just say show up, work hard, have fun, and bring a good attitude.” —Sacha Hijazi, owner/instructor of Muay Thai, Ottawa Fight and Fitness.

“They advertise bubble tea a lot, that’s for sure … (There are) definitely something(s) I can relate to when they mention Asian parents, and stuff like that”—Cornelius Choo, a second-year accounting student at the U of O.

The good news, I learned, is that there are no flying objects in this sport, which drastically decreases your chance of getting concussed. The bad news is that you’re sitting in a boat not much wider than the width of your hips, essentially balancing on your two butt-cheeks in the middle of the ocean.

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