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

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.


My name is Hope Martin.
My style is Matsubayashi Ryu Shorin Ryu Okinawan Karate Do.
My shodan test is April, 21st, 2016.

And I am terrified. Okay. Maybe that is too strong a word. Extremely worried? Again not exactly right but maybe it will do.

Those I’ve talked to it say this test is grueling. Four or more hours long, it is intense workout followed by intense verbal examination followed by intense self-defense type sparring and will leave you wishing for a quick death. No, not really. But kinda.

They were all much younger for their tests than I am. I was about 42 when I started karate. I’ll be 47 for my shodan test. So there’s a smidge of a push to pass this milestone before I get too much older (and break-y-er). I’m still recovering from a knee injury earned during my nikyu (middle brown belt) test three months ago. And the fractured finger from a class before that. And…

So why do this? For now I’ll just say that I’ve just decided it is the right thing for me to do. I’ll save the reasons for a later post.

This journey will be documented here… planning… execution… to keep the panic to a minimum. Yeah. Panic. That’s the word I was looking for.

If you’re reading this (It means I had the courage to hit publish!) don’t expect long and thoughtful articles. No time (or ability) for that.  Do expect to read about what I planned and then actually did. What I learned along the way. And eventually… the outcome!

I am hoping that another “executive senior” kyu rank will find all this helpful. If only because I’ll feel a little less crazy. 😉

Leave a cheerful comment if you feel so inclined. Words of wisdom. Stuff like that.