I have one year and eight months to go before I test again. I'm very concerned about it because I know only too well how fast it goes. I remember this from Shudokan and how much time we don't have to get the material down to the level where we are really sharp for presentation. Especially developing the skills to the point where we look like we should be there. The next thing you know, it'll be fall and we'll be pushing into one year left zone.
That's neither here nor there, but if we do warmups class content just disappears. My forty-minute class is suddenly fifteen minutes. Frustrating, but let me tell you; it's very focusing.
Notes from the last week or so.
- Cary is back after Covid. She still looks a bit gray and has to sit down periodically, but yesterday she did her first break with a front kick. Just smashed it. Yeahh. When I was working with her a while back, she and I got talking about cramps. We spent five minutes talking about menstrual cramps. Hah. I have to say I'm glad not to be a female. Sounds horrid.
- I had a little accident with a wheelbarrow about a month ago. One of the handles rammed me in the lower abdomen when it fell to one side. I have a chronic pain there that would appear to be a torn fascia. Takes forever to heal. crap. Jump kicks seem to agitate now and then. I skipped box jumps today. I can still do sit-ups, so I have that going for me.
- Andy uses me as his shu/uke when he needs to demo a complicated move since he knows I'll take the fall. Our gang is pretty old and sometimes less flexible, so the default is me. The other day he was working with Mr. Moore and trying to demo an attack. Basically, a baseball bat to the head. It's a complicated move, but you end up choking the attacker with his own bat and then throwing them. I didn't realize that, so I went flying. I could see the concern in the other students faces but I got up laughing. No harm, no foul. I'm clearly more accepting of that kind of thing. I assume they fear that they are going to have to learn that at some point. Nope.
- Andy was doing a demo on Wednesday for Mr. Moore again. This time it was an arm bar and submission. The submission was a head twist. I wasn't really ready since I didn't know what was going on. I was compliant for the arm take and lock, but Andy pulled me down and grabbed me by the jaw and pulled my head around. As my feet left the ground and my body spun in the air my neck made three distinct popping noises.
Did I mention that during the beginning of the plague I damaged my C4/5? I'm extremely carefully about certain things. This is one of those things. After I got my balance, I slowly moved my neck around and found that it actually felt better! Even hours later, where I normally would see swelling or pain, there was no issues. Talk about luck or maybe I need to work on more flexibility.