October
9
2010

GQ046 – A Day That Will Live in Infamy…

Let’s get right to the point…

Did I make progress yesterday? Not even close.We were out the door (of the Ilima Hotel in Waikiki) by 8:00 a.m. Gone all day. Didn’t do a workout, ate after 8:30 – Hey… what can I say? I did do my knee rehab sequence before we left the hotel – so… yah… that’s something. But knees are getting worse. By the end of the day, my knees were awfully sore.

Honest assessment: so far, no progress whatsoever on this trip. At this rate, by the time this trip is over, I will be a Ni-Dan (2nd degree black belt). At this point, my only hope is that I will start getting younger (moving away from 60) while in Hawaii!

I suppose I should be feeling more remorse about this situation… but… Nope – I’m okay with it. I may be delusional, but I think I’ll have more opportunities to work out later in the trip…

So, yes. Shameful behavior so far (at least in regard to the Godan Quest); but that’s actually not the Day of Infamy I’m referring to…

We spent the day at Pearl Harbor. We met Nancy’s brother there (who lives here on Oahu) and spent the day with him.


 

Here is my video record of our time spent on the U.S.S. Arizona memorial…


 

October
7
2010

GQ045 – We’re On the Road (Actually – In the Skies)

I’m sitting in the airport in Los Angeles – and I’m not doing karate. We left home at 7:00 a.m. Eastern time. At the time I am writing this, it is now 2:43 p.m. (Eastern time). In another three hours we take off for Honolulu and we’ll get there around 6:00 p.m. (midnight Eastern time)…

So **NEWS FLASH** there is not going to be a karate workout today. Not going to happen. However, I did do my complete knee rehab routine before leaving home this a.m. – so a little proud of myself there.

Did I make progress yesterday? A little – I guess. I taught my class. And I did my knee rehab sequence.

 


So here we are… travelling…


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October
6
2010

GQ044 – Don’t Worry!

Don’t give up on me. Ya, I missed another workout – no Sanchin-Ryu again yesterday. And forget about going to the health club. Nancy and I didn’t even consider it yesterday. In fact, we didn’t even mention it to each other. We just knew – we’re just running  from morning till night – going to bed exhausted for the past week – trying to get everything done before vacation. Forget working out – forget resting – forget going to the bathroom (okay, I went too far). Yes… we go to the bathroom…

October
5
2010

GQ043 – Complete Godan Quest Fail

Well, I’m ashamed to say the day finally came – complete Godan Quest fail. That’s right. I didn’t work out – didn’t do my 60-minute Sanchin-Ryu workout.

I just didn’t have it in me yesterday.

 

October
4
2010

GQ042 – Speedy Kakato-Hiza

Kakato-Hiza – this is a form that just feels good going fast. Don’t really know why – because it has some kicks in it and even two reverse heel thrusts – which usually tend to slow things down for me. So don’t know why – but I enjoy going fast with this one. Hope it looks good too!



October
3
2010

GQ041 – Another Transgression

It’s October. The weather’s starting to turn cold here in Michigan. The nights are becoming chilly (okay- cold).  A friend of mine had a bonfire last night – a party. And I confess (here’s the transgression) I ate after 8:30. In fact, I ate a substantial amount after 8:30. I did not set out to explicitly ignore the 8:30 “no grindage” rule because – what the heck – it’s a party!. No, I just forgot to focus on it and it really wasn’t until this morning when I thought about writing this post that I consciously realized:

Heck’s Bells ! I ate after 8:30! What the hey?!! How did that happen?!!

So ya, mindless eating. How often has that gotten me in the past? Ha!


 

So, anyway – no workout VDO today – but here’s a short clip of Ken’s Bonfire

Thanks Ken!


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October
2
2010

GQ040 – Oopsie!

I missed another health club workout yesterday. I had to wait at home for a couple deliveries for our guinea pig cage business. And one of these was a big delivery (we sometimes order stuff by the pallet). So, by the time the deliveries came and we did all our work and shipped out our orders, we were out of time.

So, I missed my weights and elliptical trainer. But I’m not especially upset. It’s not like I blew it off just because I didn’t feel like going. Ya, I’m sorry I missed it – and, in the interest of honesty and integrity, I’m reporting and recording it here – but, just for the record, I’m okay with it.


And I did get my Sanchin-Ryu workout in.

Look for the Ni-Dan Cameo at about 3:00 in…


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October
1
2010

GQ039 – Slo-mo Kakato-Hiza

It’s October… October. I can’t believe that time passes so quickly. I started in August. I blinked. And it’s October. I’m afraid to blink again. (Maybe I can try to blink more slowly).


Yesterday I began a new form of focus - Kakato-Hiza. Did it ultra-slowly and later at 40 BPM.

Thanks for the tunes, Thousand Foot Krutch!


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September
30
2010

GQ038 – I’ve Got Class!!!

Okay, okay. Maybe I don’t actually have a lot of “class” as in sophistication and refinement (I know you’ve seen videos of me). But I do have a class – as in “I teach a class”.

That’s right. I’ve had a couple weeks off from instructing but yesterday was the first class of a new session. And I had a lot of students. (Thanks to senseis Kristen, Bob, Kiersten, Doug and Brian for helping out). So, my class substituted for my personal workout yesterday.

September
29
2010

GQ037 – Taking Seiu-San to the (Speed) Limit

It rained most of yesterday. And it wasn’t until evening that I got a break in the weather to do my outside workout. Last day of Seiu-San focus and, of course – according to plan – it involves overwhelm speeds. Let me remind you of the Day 3 plan I presented in my Focus on Mastery post:

Day 3:

First third: Start at 80 BPM and focus on quickly working back up to the speed I ended at yesterday.

Second third: Crank the metronome speed up 20%?? faster than my fastest speed (a speed where I’m overwhelmed but can still very sloppily keep up with the beat). Do this for a while – then return to my former fastest speed.

Third third: Kata reps again – with a new kata.


Seiu-San at way-too-fast speeds…