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.
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. 😉
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!!
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!
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.
… 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.
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.