Saturday, June 28, 2008

Social Responsibilities and Martial Arts

John's got a great blog post i wanted to spread the word on. I'd love to see more people's opinions on this one. CHECK IT OUT!

Friday, June 27, 2008

Well, maybe that explains something....

I just found out last night i have fairly bad sleep apnea. When your brain's half asleep most of the time it might explain why learning is a 12 step process in the order of 7-1-3-10-4 and so on. I'll have to go back for a second night to see what amount of air pressure i need out of a CPAP, but i'm told i'll feel like a million bucks once i go back to a decent night's sleep. Here's hoping.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Oh yeah, i almost forgot!

Pat's class where he threw in the idea of french curves was something that i enjoyed. It reminded me to use the natural curves of both my arms as i defend and the curves of uke's arms as he attacks.

I also need to work on being a better uke. I'm not sure how i'm falling short but i've had comments that i'm not doing things at times that are quite right. My tsugi-ashi and shomenate are done with the right forward intent from my perspective but somewhere along the way through the technique to it's ending point i may be falling short or not giving the correct force where it should be.

It's sort of the silent problem that seems to fade in and out from time to time and i don't want to forget it's there.

Anyone out there have tips and tricks?

Of things to come.

So after i reinstalled windows, lost my scratch built levels of neverwinter nights (sigh), and fought the genuine copy protection block my blog seems to be back in order. I'm back in "range" of Pat's dojo, that is to say i'm back home and back to around 90 miles away. I've made it to class a couple of times, mainly going to a starkville clinic and once or twice to a regular class. I've mentioned before that i don't get to go as often as i'd like (as in every class) and how that bugs me so i won't get into that again. That's just how it goes.

In October (if i'm lucky) i'll be getting my ikkyu and john will be getting his shodan the week before our dojo's annual (semi) event, Woodhenge. The name has a history. I'm looking forward to the week long training session with john and pat but there's a tiny tinge of disappointment that i won't be getting my shodan with john. That was sort of our shared goal for the longest, getting them at the same time from pat but it's just not in the cards i suppose.

I've been working on the self discipline side by dieting and attempting to exercise regularly. John's idea sounds like a good one so i think i'll find a soft spot out in the yard and try and throw that into the "regimen". Definitely need the ukemi practice one way or the other. Actually, if i can create a comfortable zone of ability that i can maintain (continued practice) with that i wouldn't mind if i ever got another belt again. Though i really gotta catch up on dues....

Monday, June 09, 2008

Under construction

I'll be back as soon as i can figure out why my personal comp won't post posts. I've been to class and have confusing/enlightening things to work out in literary form but it'll have to wait till i debug something. I guess.