Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and now learning Shudokan Karate.
So my wife is leaving the country for a week or so and we wanted to have a romantic evening together so I missed out on beatings. We went out to dinner and then sat around with our laptops doing bills and such. Hah.
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…
As I've reported before, I'm on the long slog to the test so there isn't much to add on a weekly basis. I'm just trying to remember and be better with the things I need to know while balancing the real life stuff.
As you will recall part of the test is to do the Bunkai. Bunkai is a series of moves that come from the kata that acted out by two people. One acts as the aggressor (they are the Uke) and they are the loser in the show. I have ten kata so I have ten Bunkai to learn. So far in the process, they have not been the emphasis, so learning them has been a bit of a challenge. We've only touched on them fleetingly so it feels like a struggle to learn them.
The new wrinkle was that Olivia (my test partner) and I were told yesterday that we were now encouraged to make our own bunkai for the test! This was is a fairly large change, but we now have till May to sort this out. Olivia and I are supposed to invent them and then present them to the Sensei and he'…
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…