Ya know, I still think that I’ll get Insanity. I really dig the results that I’ve seen from others, and my tentative goal for this Summer is to get rid of the rest of this gut of mine. Real life is… let’s just say stressful, so I don’t know how well my plans are going to work out. Or any plans at all, for that matter.
That’s the goal for now, anyway.
Today I was going to do some bag work, but the room that the Wavemaster is in simply doesn’t have enough room to do much. That’s going to go outside, probably next weekend? One can hope. So for today, I did the usual kata practice and then came inside to do some Cardio X from P90X.
The weather outside this evening was fantastic. The clovers and grass in the yard was covered in dew from a light rain, and it was comfortably chilly out there. For awhile it looked like it was going to rain again, which would have been okay with me.
The kata that I will do in the test at the end of this semester is Pinan Yondan, so naturally I focused on that the most this evening (with some Sandan practice on the side). Much of the time was spent paying close attention to balance, cat stance, form in general, and trying to remind myself to go slower when necessary.
I’ve always had a big focus on speed - that’s my natural inclination, so I need to really focus on slowing down during certain points in the various kata.
My kata practice usually goes something like this: Do the kata at normal speed and power, and then analyze the parts that I don’t feel comfortable with. Then single out those movements and practice & analyze them specifically for awhile. From there, I move back into the full kata to get a feel for any improvements. From time to time, I’ll go through the full kata at a slow, careful pace specifically to focus on form.
Rinse and repeat for every step of the kata. Did I lose balance? Did I not like my stance? Did I move too quickly? Was my foot not in the correct location and position for the kick? So on, and so forth.
Unfortunately I have no one to critique my stuff when I practice at home, but at this point the Pinan katas themselves are well known. I skipped my previous rank test, so this is actually kind of old stuff for me; that’s not to say that it’s not important to still practice it regardless, of course.
Kata practice is so boring. Some people really like kata, and that’s fine. Me, I’m not too big on it. For me kata is on the same level of doing the laundry. You have to do it, it’s necessary, but I don’t exactly enjoy doing it.
“Cardio X” was a lot easier than I was expecting it to be, to be honest. Not bragging, but I was expecting it to kick my arse. It didn’t, but it did keep me sweating so I’m not complaining. It was also only like 30 minutes long, which is fantastic. As a karateka, I still find the “Kenpo” parts of the work out to be… fun (if not a little silly). ^.^
Combined with the usual kata practice, Cardio X was a good supplemental work out for the evening. I really liked it, I’m feeling pretty good right now all relaxed after my shower & protein shake. I may keep doing that when I do my kata practice. If not Cardio X, then some other short supplemental work out will do just as nicely.
Anyway, g’night folks.