A New Wrench

Because I needed more monkey wrenches.

Thursday morning hit hard and had us in the ER early. Thankfully it was nothing serious. Still left me feeling wrung out mentally and physically. But thankful still.

Missed the morning ride with DD but did get myself to class. Because I knew it would be the only practice I was going to get in that day (or the next) Even taught the beginning class which went fairly well I think. Had them work on Fighting drills and cat stances. That second item at a student’s request. Alternating between the two. Sensei came in at the end and talked with them about not just doing the drills but using them. Meaning them as you execute them. It made a big difference in their performance.

The adult class I worked again with our newest adult student. We played with ways to help her remember the directions the first kata takes. Sure hope she is getting something out of it (pretty sure she is) because I know I am.

One thing that occurred to me during that time is that  in the first kata… the direction you should go at each turn finds the leg that needs to lead the closest to its destination. Of course the wrong direction puts the wrong leg closest… so perhaps it is not such an earth shattering revelation. But I do believe playing with it in this way is helpful in the long run.

Now I’m going to go listen to an Iain Abernethy podcast while doing dishes. That counts, right? 😀

Finding Motivation and Inspiration

Just outside t he MRI room

… when life throws you a bunch of monkey wrenches.

Last week was a bit crazy. FULL of bad and good events. Biggest bad: my mother had a stroke. Biggest good: I was commissioned to create 4 pastel portraits. The in-betweens: the passenger-side window motor actuator died, my hair dryer croaked and I broke my daughter’s computer. O.o

Now, the van is fixed, computer parts ordered and someday I’lll get a new hair dryer. Mom is improving. Life goes on right. But it all left me feeling insufficient and unmotivated.

What did I do: Thanks to my daughter’s instance, the usual tri-weekly bike rides continued. Sam was testing so I was helping him with his fighting drills. My WDHAKISA (wonderful darling husband and knight in shining armor) helped me in more ways than I can explain. So I did make it to the weekly stairs run and practiced Rohai.

This morning I found direction and inspiration from this post by Wil Wheaton: Seven Things I Did to Reboot my Life. Nothing new necessarily. Just pointing out connections. That I need to be reading and watching karate like I do art. For inspiration.

Today’s plan: All katas once with 5 push-ups in between (up to p. Godan including Oyotanren with DD) naihanchi’s, wankan, rohai, wanshu and passai (with DS),  and class tonight. Read some in the karate book I borrowed.

Train Wreck

shadow ninjaor how my weekend didn’t go.

I had plans for workouts over the weekend but for the most part they didn’t happen.

Did ride down Bear Creek with DD and while she looked for critters in the creek I did katas on the rocks. That was interesting.

Monday I made it to stairs in the morning and class in the evening. During class we played with a self defense idea I saw in a video. Seems pretty simple and doable but I need to practice it more.

At the end of class, we katas back to back as high as I could remember. I have been working on that once a week and it definitely helped. Must keep up with it.

Gonna keep rolling with  the week. Need a shirt (or coffee mug) that says… “life is what happens while you’re training for shodan” 😉 Fingers crossed no more appliances or vehicles will malfunction!

Plan vs Reality

MatildaWednesday Plan:

  • strength training stability ball: core
  • Cardio: 30 min jogging
  • Skills: ananku; loose hand punching bag

vs Reality:

That’s a picture of me on the right. Doing. Nothing karate related. Gonna have to do something different on Wednesdays.

Thursday went as planned: 30 min bike ride, Ananku, knuckle pushups as best I could. Class was challenging mentally. Worked on knife hand strikes doing them a little differently. It had me feeling all thumbs and no clue. But in a good way. If that makes any kind of sense. IOW, I knew I was being challenged and was calm enough (just) to realize that is good. 😉

Friday was busy with other life things. But at least I had planned not to get any karate done. O.o

Pushing Through the Fog

Stairs!Stairs (pictured). And class. Both went well. That is to say. I went to both. 😉 My day between was crazy busy with moving paintings from one exhibit to another. Thankfully that only happens once a quarter!

During class we worked on basics. Advise from Sensei was to begin making the karate moves my own. (move less roboticly more fluidly) Less like I’m copying a move, etc. Tried playing with tension in my legs and lower body between repeats. Not sure if it got me anything other than sore lets. LOL!

Also, worked with an adult white belt one-on-one at the end of class and I came to a realization. Her off square shoulders were largely symptom of improper foot placement. Having her work on her foot placement had better results than reminding her to square her shoulders. How many times has a Sensei reminded me of the importance of foot placement?!! Yeah. Lots.

I am not nearly as tired as I was last week. But as I sit here on Tuesday to write this I am fighting the urge to sit. And stare. But this is part of it. Isn’t it. Pushing past the urge to stop. The discipline to keep going.

Think I’ll work on Ananku after helping DD with math.

And then it was Friday

And I didn’t find time to post this…

Wednesday I was nearly non-functional. Ended up taking a nap in the afternoon. That helped but shot any plans at a workout.

Thursday got crazy busy but at least there was class… which was similar to Tuesday’s. But in this case it helped ease the soreness.

And now here it is Friday which I had originally planned as an off because it is a busy day for us. But that was before the reality of Wednesday hit… So I’m floundering trying to decide what to do… through a sinus headache. Smh.

I think I’ll go for a jog at Bear Creek before getting groceries. Tomorrow is the dojo campout!

I. Am. Sore.

A.K.A. First Week. Day Two. Stairs are not my friend

The Plan

      • Cardio: C10K; 30min bike
      • Strength Training: Ball Core: 2? sets:
        1. vpass 10r
        2. roll out 10r
        3. single leg press 12r
        4. plank shoulder taps 26r
      • Skills
        1. Naihanchi Sandan bunkai
        2. Class

What I actually did:

Alarm clock didn’t go off so I didn’t get to the gym. Which meant breakfast did not go as planned too. Fell back on the waffles. 😉 Enjoyed the 30 minute bike ride with J but had to go back for my front tire (left it in the parking lot. Doh!)

Only one set with the stability ball. Need to change the reps on vpass and roll out. Down on the first and up on the second. Didn’t get to naihanchi bunkai but I did get to class.

Class was intense. I am gonna hurt (more) tomorrow. Picked up a couple training ideas that work on control: 1. in jigotai round house kick turning round to spinning back hook kick (sounds great but doing it great is another matter. O.o ). 2. bag work: loose hand punches working on speed and extension.