Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Warrior Withdrawl...

Okay, you know by now that I have Karate on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Have you ever noticed that events always seem to fall on Tuesdays and Thursdays? I read somewhere that there is some kind of unwritten (wait - if I read it, is it really unwritten????) But anyway, read that when planning events for schools, churches, community, etc. that more people will attend if you hold them on Tuesdays or Thursdays. And I'm starting to think there truly is some validity to that.
PTA meetings at my son's school are on Tuesdays at 6:30 pm. (Karate is Tuesday from 6pm - 7pm) Every single book fair, parent/teacher conference, play, etc. is on a Thursday night...EVERY SINGLE ONE.
My ladies' group meeting at church is on Tuesday nights at 7pm.
Okay, my point is this - not only did I recently miss one karate class, I missed two within 7 days of each other...last Thursday because I was late getting out of a meeting at work that was at a remote location, and last night, Tuesday, because I had a doctor appointment at 4:30pm and by the time they were late taking me in, done taking blood for labs, I didn't get home until well past 5pm and by the time I would have changed and got to "stick class", it would have been half over, so I did not go.
So, you see, I'm suffering from karate withdrawl.
To help with this dilemma, I have been practicing on my own. It's more difficult now because it is cold here in St. Louis - especially at night when I have time to practice. And where do I have room to really practice? Our yard, our garage - all chilly places to practice - especially if I want to go the purist route and do it barefoot. So, when I first get to work in the morning, before anyone else arrives, I tend to do a little bit of kata practice. It only takes a moment and I have a large area in which to perform it correctly. Sometimes the dress clothes hold me back from full out kicks, etc. but sometimes the stretchiness of the dress clothes is an advantage.
Anyway, kind of a boring post, but I miss the other students and hate to have this much time inbetween formal training. I'm looking forward to next Tuesday. But I'll be practicing Thanksgiving night - I am thankful for finding martial arts and being able to find a way to practice them wherever I may be physically.

11 comments:

Diver Daisy said...

Have a fabulous Thanksgiving! I hope you are okay (and the doctor visit was just a checkup!?)

Martial Arts Mom said...

Yep just a checkup. The blood tests will tell...Are you coming back next session? Please tell me you are. I miss you and so does everyone else! I bet you're really suffering from Warrior Withdrawl!

Meg said...

If you can practice before everyone else gets to work, I say go for it! I think it's a good thing to do, especially if you've got the room and the time. You're doing MUCH better than me...I haven't been to a class in a week now. My classes are on T/Th as well, so I'll miss *just* before Christmas because of Scouts/concert and a silly departmental dinner.

pawpads said...

I have the exact same problem.
There are about 4 nights that I'm able to go to training but you just know that something is going to be planned for 2 of those nights.

I try to practice as much as I can at home (mainly Kata) but space can really be an issue.

Martial Arts Mom said...

Paw Pads - I know what you mean about the space issues. I find myself getting to a point where I just have to kind of wrap my head around where I am in the kata and then jump back a few feet and get right back into position and continue from there to allow for room to finish the next leg of the kata. But it works...

Ikigai said...

Hey MAM,

good point, tuesday and thursday do seem to be the busy days. That's interesting.

Also I like to practice with shoes on from time to time because I know i'll be wearing shoes in my day to day life.

Martial Arts Mom said...

I like to practice w/shoes on occasionally too, but in class everyone is barefoot except one of our sensei because she has plantar fasc...itis (too lazy too look up correct spelling right now!LOL) I have very VERY flat feet and have lots of pain in them and she keeps telling me to go to a podiatrist but I have white coat syndrome and just avoid docs at all costs if possible. I really do need to go because he/she could prescribe shoes for martial arts, which I KNOW would help me because on those rare occasions I do karate with my shoes on, I am MUCH more stable because my feet don't hurt. Okay - good idea for a post. I'll shut up now. LOL

Perpetual Beginner said...

I have flat feet also, but they're pretty happy about being flat. I see the effects in my knees - I'm prone to MCL sprains because my over-pronation throws my weight to the inside of the joint.

I don't know about the rest of the world, but in the Bible Belt areas, other events are never scheduled on Wednesdays because most people have a church service on Wed. evening.

Martial Arts Mom said...

Wednesdays are not that big around here. I'm telling you - If something is going on, it's going to happen on a Tues. or Thurs. (And incidentally, that's when all the good tv shows are on, too!!! :)

Minivan Ninja said...

I totally have the same problem. Often it is worse having 2 or more kids because the school will divide activities up by grade and next thing you know, I'm at school two nights in a row for virtually the same thing.

There is a humanist meeting every Wednesday here. I don't think I've been to it in more than a year though, because I'm usually at some activity with the kids. Hope your Thanksgiving was good!

Michele said...

Same problem here with Tuesday and Thursday: Tai Chi, Karate, soccer practice, school meetings and the good tv shows.