Let’s see… what can I say about this week’s progress? Actually, I think what went on might better be described as a degress (sic). After watching all the TKD training videos produced for the Online Todai, I started trying to incorporate little corrections into my form, and found myself all mucked up once again. It’s funny how something as simple as “hold your hand here to guard this” can translate to “foot doesn’t want to retract anymore.” This is the wonderful thing about martial arts, or really all studies in movement. I wonder if there will ever be a day where I’ll be introduced to a complex movement and just be able to do it right now, like nothing. I’m constantly reminded how little control I actually have of my body, except for that which repeated practice has ingrained into muscle memory...
Outside of the TKD set-backs, I think the best thing that’s happened to me over the past week has been coming to develop a ten-minute (or so) ab routine for the mornings that really does it for me. Five weeks into my brother’s ab challenge, I think I’m hooked on doing sit-ups every morning, just out of bed. I’d like to add some other basic bodyweight routines to this regimen, like maybe push-ups and pull-ups. Tomorrow is day one of the last week of my brother’s ab challenge. He’s already set up a page for his next event, which he’s calling “Show Muscle Showdown,” focused on the biceps and calves. I’ll probably go ahead and participate in that one too because, as I’ve already established, I have a masochistic vein
Speaking of my brother, he’s in Chicago right now. Flew in today for a photo session. His sponsors (Optimal Nutrition) are going to put out a new batch of ads in the muscle magazines. I myself will be landing in Chicago the night of March 21st, and am looking forward to joining morning practice at the FMK Kwoon for the following three days, and to a Chinatown fieldtrip that Saturday. Totally excited about meeting everyone face-to-face. I’m hoping that in the future, when there are more Online Todai, we can coordinate to have some kind of annual event at the Chicago Kwoon. Pie in the sky… what I really think would be cool is if the FMK family as a whole could take occasional (say every five years) pilgrimages to important martial arts sites. Obviously, the Shaolin Temple comes most immediately to mind, for the origin of both Zen and artistic wushu. How cool would that be if we could all go to China together for a week or so? Just an idea, but imagine what an experience it would be
Anyhow, it is blizzarding here right now, so it’ll probably be back to clunky boots for me tomorrow morning. This week, I’ll work on my box-kicking