Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and now learning Shudokan Karate.
I've been fighting a cold for the last week and now I'm about to step on a plane to go to Mexico for two weeks. If I see anything martial I write about it, but I may not have the energy to type in the heat.
With our Ni Dan test coming up in three months attention to detail is the primary focus.
I try to be objective about my personality, but the truth is the fact that I'm having some problems motivating myself to do the practice I need to do. This would be absolutely going over problem spots in katas until they no longer crop up. However, work at the house and life issues make practice hard to do most days. I mean, I'm just making excuses at this point, but this leads up to how I do in class.
Last night we met in Sensei's garage and even though the heater was on we could see our breath. Due to possible snow barely anyone made it to class. So Sensei, Maia and I just worked on refinement. In last night's case I worked on Wando for both hours and although I'm concerned that I have a lot of issues we were able to get me to look pretty darn good by the end of the evening. Timing seemed to be a big issue for me. My sense is that I'm doing a one-two and I'm us…
My wife and I are redoing yet another part of the house. This time it's our bedroom and it should be the last of the massive internal projects. We opted to pull an old wall out to expand the space and so far so good. The detail work coming up as we put things together will take a long time, but the major operations have completed nicely.
This kind of work at the house causes some difficulty though because I work my regular day and then work at night. My only escape is to go to Karate which is nice, but I'm wiped out pretty quickly by midweek. It's not so much the exertion, but the constant activity. It also leaves me in a situation where I don't have enough time to think or process so karate can become a bit more difficult. Olivia (my NiDan partner) and me are at the point where we are fine tuning as much as possible so when are being critiqued the amount of notes can get pretty sizable. The normal process is to be given three items to correct per session beca…
One of the moves in Koryu (Ni Pai Po) is that I drop to one knee and then spring up with a elbow strike. Unfortunately the repetitive action has made my left knee feel like I'm grinding glass under the knee cap.
The Senseis are practical and have asked me to not kneel for awhile, but it feels like everything we do lately requires a kneeling position at one point or another. Then my knee goes back to complaining. Last night I got to the BB class and we worked on learning/refining ten ryu no con ni. The second in a series of three staff kata. My lack of weapons experience makes this very attractive and generally speaking pretty darn fun. It's action packed and the end contains a spinning jump. Of course you have to land in a kneeling stance. Argh! We practiced that the whole hour which was a lot of exercise considered all the starting and stopping we were doing. Since we were using staffs and there were four of us Sensei had us move into the street. Of course the neigh…