My second 3rd test

My second 3rd test

Getting my kicks

Hey all, its been some time since my last post , I know I sound like a broken record…. but my evenings are starting to open up a bit so I have time I take it. I am in my final year of my Kuk Sool Won  3rd degree black belt testing cycle , I have 1 more year to get it right and be ready to hit it with everything I have.

This years test was not easy , I pulled my dam calf muscle 2 days before the test and limped through it the best I could. When I told my instructor all he said we “good luck sir” and I went on. I could not do any jumps or low stances I felt week and just helpless. Then I looked around and took in all the other 11 people testing that evening. Almost every one of them was over 40 and had tape on this leg or their ankles wrapped or elbows and hands. What a sorry bunch we made. Most of us were in rough shape before the test and all of us were wiped out after it.

How do you prepare for this test? I do it simply by practice, I practice several times a week but mix in weight training and cardio on top of the 100s of kicks and forms I perform.  I use P90X and Insanity for this but also mix in CorDeForce and T25. I do my cardio in the am , right when I get up and in the evening I would practice. It was getting easier until i pulled my right calf muscle , it all hit the fan when I was showing the tigers class how to sprint around a marker. I was just getting started when I felt the snap in my leg like someone hit it with a bat.  I managed to hobble through the rest of the class but went and got ice right after.

So i’m pretty sure I passed, well , they didn’t say I failed, so now the next year is up to me on how safe I play it. I’m pretty sure my leg got cramped from lack of hydration. I was not paying enough attention to what or how I was staying hydrated. Its so important to keep up with our water intake especially when training hard.

Getting tied up from my classmate Joe

Who knows what next year will bring , but I hope its not my calf, maybe my pinky toe?

Sword Cutting Form

Sword Cutting Form

So as I learn more of my style , I have to keep up with practice and I have just recently been learning a long form for sword cutting. I am by no means perfect at this form as of yet and I had to take a video to see my progress and to evaluate my footing and cutting. This is one of my practice videos.

 

Having fun at 45 and beyond…

Having fun at 45 and beyond…

Me getting tied up by my instructor.

Me getting tied up by my instructor.

Who knows what tomorrow really brings? You can plan your life and not live one day. Why not have fun while your still young?

Well the answer is you can have fun and if you stay focused it can be for a long time. I thought for sure I was going to be overweight and bald by the time I was 45. I was half right. (the bald part).

But I’m actually in good shape for a  45 year old asthmatic. Before I started my fitness journey my ideal day was spent writing some music and watching science fiction films, eating an entire pizza and drinking some good beer. That was about 15 years ago and looking back I was in terrible shape for 30. I never thought about my future and what my lifestyle was leading me to.

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What yoga and P90X3 has done for my martial arts.

What yoga and P90X3 has done for my martial arts.

dahnbongWhen you first start anything you think to yourself , “I’ll just give it a try and see how I do”. But in most cases we say “Ok I’m done, I came , I saw, I got sore” Or something to that nature.

Well when my son and I started Martial arts training 11 years ago , I was thinking the same thing. My son was 5 and doing the tiny tigers class at the local martial arts place down the street. Bill, the instructor would heckle me and say “C’mon sir, you can do this” and then lead the class in cartwheels. CARTWHEELS!!! I cant do that!

 

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