Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
One of the downsides of going on a break is all that sitting around and eating and more sitting around and sleeping.
I promptly went back to over 100 kg in weight.
I'm rested, but now I face losing that flab AGAIN.
It's really hard getting back into the swing of things again after doing NOTHING at all for a few weeks.
I hope going back to Krav Maga class will kick start me into regular exercising again, if it doesn't kill me first!
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Before going on a holiday to sunny Queensland, our Krav Maga instructor introduced me to the strategy of escaping a head lock.
The problem for me was that my training-partner was a beefy ex-army guy who only knew one way of doing a head lock: as hard as humanly possible.
Thus began my FIRST EVER trip to a physiotherapist.
I'd never been to a physiotherapist before, so I was a little nervous. I even asked my wife if they ask you to take all your clothes off. Like I should know?!
Anyway, the physio gave me some excellent neck strengthening exercises, which I will need to keep doing if I have any hope of maintaining the art of escaping a head lock.
I didn't want to risk another neck injury before my holiday, so I skipped the class the day before my flight to Queensland.
I look forward to going back to class, but I hope my neck can cope.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
It was only a couple of weeks ago that I quit Kyokushin Karate, but I immediately began researching what other martial arts were available in my local area that also fitted my goals better.
I quickly discovered the world of Krav Maga, the Isreali self-defense system and thought this might be what I was after. I was fortunate to find a local school and tried the first three introductory classes, and I loved it.
We have a good physical work out at the start of class, I'm sweating and puffing, then we learn how to defend against different kinds of attacks and there's lots of repitition so that eventually the moves will be automatic.
I'm so glad I found Krav Maga. It fits into my life, I don't have to fit into someone else's sub-culture.
Thursday, June 19, 2008
I finally decided to quit Kyokushin Karate.
The weekly debilitating injuries made me question the point of learning the art.
Why was I getting injured so frequently? It usually happened during sparring, not during the cardio workouts or self-defence parts of the class.
Is sparring something I want to learn? Well, sparring, or more accurately, sport-sparring, is not a sport that drew me to martial arts. It always came back to fitness and self-defence. While sport-sparring would certainly help toughen me up, it doesn't particularly help with self-defence, and the constant injuries were becoming a concern.
The final straw was observing the injuries of the more advanced students, which were worse than mine! That was my future, and I didn't like it.
My son wants to stay with Kyokushin Karate and I support him 100%. For kids, they learn through non-contact and I can see the benefits he's gained already. He's no longer physically intimidated by other kids. So Kyokushin is working well for him. It's like having a defacto big-brother to wrestle with.
I'm still keen to learn martial arts, but in a manner that better suits my goals.
I've found a possible replacement and I'll post the outcome of the introductory classes of a 'style' that I just learned about.