Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Good Intentions...

Due to school events at Buddy's school, my mother's poor health, and my own health, I missed the final 2 Thursday night karate classes of last session. Then we had a week off between the summer and falls sessions. Because of this, it has been almost three weeks since I attended a formal class and I have to tell you - I don't like the me that I've morphed into during that time. The obsession with karate is still there. But so is utter and total mental, emotional and physical exhaustion.

I planned on working out a lot during that time. Practicing a lot during that time. Studying the pranic breathing/healing book I told you about approximately a month ago. Planned on refreshing my son's memory of our Basic Kata # 1, the first five kumites and proper form and execution of the basics. My intentions were good. However strong the intentions, the flesh was WEAK, WEAK, WEAK!

I have just been so stressed over money, my parents' health, my kids, working, my messy house…do I really need to go on?...that my own health has been suffering because of it - both my mental health and my physical health. Most of the time, I can use the mental to get past the physical, but as the old joke says, in taking one day at a time, lately, several days have attacked me all at once. And I just couldn't pull my head out of my…well you know…and practice regularly no matter how bad I felt physically.

My life situation is not any better than it has been during the three weeks hiatus, but tomorrow night is the first class of our new fall session. And I am so excited because not only am I going back and getting back to a regular dose of martial arts, but my 18 year old daughter, Sissy, is going to start the beginning adult karate class. I am not holding my breath, but I am hoping she loves it as much as I do. Only thing is - our verbal sparring at home could take on a whole new life as physical sparring in the dojo! (I can just see the headlines in the National Examiner now, "Teen Opens Can of WhoopAss on Mom as Karate Class Watches"?)

Tonight I will go over Basic Kata #1 and kumites with Buddy again. As for myself, I will practice the other 3 katas I know myself and practice the first five kumites on both sides. I will practice some of the steps to pranic breathing and healing as well. I will clue my daughter in on protocol, but not on actual moves or techniques, as she should learn these from the senseis. I also need to prepare everything for class tomorrow. Make sure my gear bag is packed, my gi cleaned and pressed, my water bottle ready to fill.

Yep, it's been awhile. I can't wait!


Perpetual Beginner said...

Good luck! I know all about those tricky intentions. I always intend to work out more outside of class than I ever actually do.

I hope your daughter loves karate as much as you do.

Martial Arts Mom said...

Well, it was great. Practiced kumites needed for orange belt test with a black belt who helped me alot. He also helped me with 2 katas that i just learned. (See my next post on being "The Lone Yellow Belt" for more details...

CrimsonPhoenix said...

I feel the same way when I miss my Tae Kwon Do classes. I get really antsy and try to calm myself down by really working on what I've learned in class.

Glad to hear that your class went well! Looking forward to your next post. Reading your blog has really inspired me to get mine started back up again and start regularly posting about my MA journey. Could I add you to my blogroll?

Martial Arts Mom said...

Thanks for the kind words. I am so glad people are enjoying the blog. I would be honored to be on your blogroll and I'd like to add yours to mine as well.