Learn how… then right

I’m sensing a theme in my karate practice: Learn how to do it, then learn how to do it right. I’ve spent 5 years learning to do karate and now I’m prolly gonna spend the next 30 learning to do it right. O.o Or at least I hope to spend that long, eh? 😉

Warning… rambles ahead.

In Tuesday’s class we practiced the open-closed fist drill either moving (with opponent who worked on blocking) or against the heavy bag. Realized that I’ve been doing the elbow smash all wrong ALL this time. So worked that with the bag and holey-moley can I feel the difference this morning. My shoulders are shot!

Monday’s class was interesting. 5 of us. First person picked a kata, did it. Then everyone else individually did that kata. Quick critique at the end of the round. Repeat with each person leading in turn.

Why am I still so nervous when everyone is watching me do kata?!!! Gah!

Really getting frustrated with my aerobic plan. Well, more with how my old body has to say about it. Whatever I did to my foot last week, I redid yesterday. Poop. I can’t do nothing ‘cuz that causes just as many problems (and pain). Soooo…. Gonna have to do something other than jog for a while I think. Mebbe stationary bike or row machine at the gym. I’d swim but there’s the whole suit issue… erm… issues. I’ll find the time to make one… eventually.

New Karate Weekly is out. Found this video on it. Interesting to think of a low block as a throw. And this video of Jion Bunkai looks interesting too. We’ve talked about the low block as throw concept in class before too. And I’d rather throw with it than block a kick with it!! Tried once… fractured a finger. Think I’ll work with Sam on what those two videos demonstrate. Then do some easy kata repeats to workout yesterday’s kinks.

Oh. And I need one of the tshirts that Mr. Abernethy is wearing. 😉 “Ask me about my bruises” Hehe.

Today’s another allergy shot so I will read more of the KfD book while I’m there.



What to do when you can’t DO

Couldn’t do karate in the allergist’s waiting room so I read it. 😉

Wednesday. Did a little slow no pause kata work with DD. Pinan Shodan. Working on those new things I learned Monday.

My foot was sharply painful and frequent ice packs seemed to help so the rest of my “training” didn’t utilize my feet… situps, knee pushups and reading. No, no stair workout.

I watched this video on the reality of attacks. Interesting stuff. The self defense drill demonstrated is very like what we’ve done in class for a lapel grab. This guy is also an EMT nurse. His experience in dealing with the effects of an attack was helpful to know. Will likely watch again.

Today (Thursday) foot is painful in general and less sharp pain. I think this is good. ? Might try a jog later. Maybe.

One last thing… That video above was found on this week’s edition of  Practical Karate Weekly. Just started following it. Haven’t read the other articles it links to yet.

Could it be an Arrow?

or is it just another wrench?

Strained something in my right foot while jogging today.  My first thought… oh goody another wrench! But I just saw a quote about an arrow needing to be pulled back before it can fly forward. So maybe… all these “wrenches” are really arrows. 😉

Tuesday’s workout:

  • Katas and pushups with the kids
  • jog 1:30 and walk 3:30 10x with a walking warm up and cool down.
  • Tuesday class worked bo katas and I learned a couple things about shushinokon! I’d been performing two different blocks the same way and doing one turn wrong.


  • katas and stretching with the kids
  • Class: It was a mental beating! But learned a few things about Pinan Shodan. If I can remember those it will be worth it!

Tomorrow…? we’ll see if my foot will agree to stairs in the morning. Fingers crossed. Think arrow-y thoughts!!

This Wrench I chose

Porcupine arm
Next day. Both arms like this.

I can’t complain too much. Walked in there voluntarily but I certainly wasn’t prepared. Allergy testing. Harsh.

Shoulda planned the whole week off to recover. Okay. Maybe not the WHOLE week but at least not going to class that night. Wow. With luck this will get me closer to figuring out some health issues. Eventually. For now, no dairy or aged foods. 😦

Anyway. Why am I here? Oh yeah. Karate.

What DID I do this week karate-wise. Monday class, Tuesday 30 min AM ride, Thursday AM same ride, plus classes. Thursday classes had some awesome stretching I did with each class.

Today: Jog Week 2 Day 3 C5K plan followed closely by every kata up to Wanshu (not sure why I didn’t continue to Rohai) then similar stretching plan to Thursday’s. Boy did I feel stiff! I guess is was the jogging.

Tomorrow…? Thinking 3 7-minute circuits; all katas (video for self analysis) Plan the week!