When I first learned, I just ate with chopsticks whenever I could. I love using them now. Let's just say that, when I was finally able to go to Japan as a student ambassador, I surprised my homestay at how well I could use them. They gave me so many compliments and I was shocked that they were so impressed. It's kind of annoying to take to school though. Everyone asks me why I eat with chopsticks and I can't eat in peace during my 20 minute lunch. I wanted to learn in the fist place because I was influence by my Chinese aunt and cousins. My uncle married a woman from Hong Kong who had children already.
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If you're tired, kick some more. Your opponent most likely has extra kicks to spare on you.