Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
I just realized that I haven’t posted since last Tuesday due to a rather busy schedule. My wife is out of town for the summer so I’m doing all the stuff around the house that would normally be divided between us. As usual I forget that although it’s not a lot of stuff, it’s still more than I do normally so I have less time to dawdle.
To add to general frantic nature of my day Teacher moved up the summer classes one hour. So we get out early, but we have to get there early. This means I’m moving fast after work. I basically have enough time to change and eat a bit before I hit the ground running.
So I can’t actually recall what we did last week, and even last night was a bit of a blur, but we did have a couple of stand out moments.
We call generic multiple attack scenarios “monkey in the middle”. However due to the latest racial sensitivity problems I believe the word monkey is going to get dropped. It consists of 5 person groups in which one participant stands in the middle and the other four try to attack in a consistent fashion. It has nothing to do with real life, but it forces the person in the middle to contend with strikes initiated from every angle and not get tunnel vision for one person. It also forces us to work on strikes that are really effective versus flowery locks and such.
What we found out is that kicks to the groin and strikes to the throat were very popular, then came kicks to joints and so on. Very focusing.
Wednesday, June 08, 2011
Teacher quote for the week: as I tried to tap out of a rather painful lock – “you look like a penguin flapping it’s wings to stay warm.” Nice.
All of us looked like we ran across hot coals as we uncomfortably moved from one foot to the other or stared at the soles of our feet. This was a direct result of the new rubberized sports floor put in several months ago. Unfortunately kicks that require foot rotation are miserable because feet don’t want to turn at all on rubber. I was noticing after my shower later that night I had actually torn the flesh between the toes and ball of both my feet. This morning I was was walking very carefully. Hopefully, they’ll be mostly healed by tomorrow night.
Since I was only there for the first hour I didn’t get to experience anymore discomfort. However, in that 45 minutes I was huffing and puffing. My poor diet and lack of sleep really felt like they were weighing on me. Hopefully, I’ll be back on a more even keel by the end of the week.
Friday, June 03, 2011
I knew, in those microseconds before, during and after my fist making a sickening crunch, that we had gone too far.
As part of the summer Teacher moves the class up an hour so we can get out and enjoy the long sunny evenings. Unfortunately, the class hasn’t adjusted to this change so we are in variety of states. Personally, I was half a bubble off – dropping keys and bumping into things all day. Dave was so hungry that he had dull eyes and we had the addition of two news kids in the class.
We were learning how to integrate the long punch into our regular work. This is move comes from our 3rd kata (Kee Cho Hyung Sam Boo) in which the punch ends up out to the side, but the force is generated by a massive hip rotation. I’ll have to do a video of this because it’s emphasis is totally neglected in videos I plowed through today. Anyway, while were learning to do this Teacher decided to throw in an odd block in which you spin you opponents arm in a large spiral so you can move in to do a standing triangle choke (yet another video to make!). However the timing was tougher than I imagined so I managed to only get things going after 10 minutes. By that time we had run out of class time.
I was getting very frustrated which in turn makes me worse at everything I’m doing. Which is why we are back at the first sentence.
Teacher says, “Do a little rondori for the last five minutes.” We usually interpret this as very slow sparring to work on technique and strategy. Since I was frustrated and discombobulated our speed immediately took off and I couldn’t get a hit in to save my life. Out of the five minutes I had one minute in which I was able to pick out Dave and take advantage of his approach, but by and large he was eating me up.
Our exchanges got wilder and in one of my poorly executed kicks I ended up getting kicked in the ass so hard that I had a hard time walking this morning. In the final hurrah I shot a punch over a blocking arm, unfortunately Dave was moving at the time and he got my knuckles in his mouth. Blood starting running out of his fat lip and my hand. I was appalled.
I have never lost that kind of control and been so emotionally unfocused. What a horrible lesson. Thankfully Dave didn’t take it personally even though I was all over the board myself. When I called him today he was just counting his wounds and I started worrying about the cut on my hand – blood born infection is always a worry. Neosporin do you work!
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