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Happy New Year!

The holidays are over and I’m glad. Not because I ate too much holiday sweetness (I was surprisingly good), but because I’m ready to get back to normal routines.

Even though our karate club didn’t meet, classes were still on at the hombu. The opportunity was there but I only went to one class, partly because I was lazy and partly because I think I needed a break.

Tomorrow we’re back at it at the office; class officially resumes. Yea! The break was good for me and I’m feeling refreshed. I’m ready to learn again. I’m especially looking forward to weapons. I haven’t thrown my bo around for too long, and I’ve got new tonfa to play with!

In addition, this weekend we’re starting a new, more concentrated, jujitsu program at the hombu. Sessions will be longer than normal classes and I think we’ll learn a lot. It’ll be fun to work out on mats (we have a hard floor at work) and I’m looking forward to working with the students from the hombu. I haven’t spent nearly as much time there as I used to, and I’m sure everyone misses me.  ;-D

I’m looking forward to what 2013 brings and I hope you are too! I hope you have things to look forward to in 2013 – whether it’s new classes, new ideas, or new friends to work out with.

Cheers to a new year filled with great martial arts experiences!

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Doesn’t that feel good?

Matt: How was class?

Me: My legs were shaking and I was out of breath.

Matt: Doesn’t that feel good??

Yep – it did feel good! First time in class in two weeks, and I made it through.

Fortunately, Renshi took pity on us and didn’t have us do circuits – I probably would have needed oxygen. We worked basics, kata, and a little bunkai. My legs were shaking from holding the horse stances, and I admit I wasn’t at my best, but I didn’t expect to be. I made it through both open hand and a 30-minute weapons class. Yea me!

Oh, I did have a little “whoops” tonight. My hands were so sweaty (seriously? why do hands sweat?!?) one of my tonfa went flying out of my hand. Good thing I was on the end and it flew away from everyone else!

Welcome back! Haha!

Tonfa Walking

I have new walking buddies – my tonfa! I like to walk after dark, and even though I’m in a safe neighborhood, I’m still just a delicate flower who appreciates a little extra protection.

So far I’ve had about 20 minutes of instruction and have been shown a couple of patterns. Renshi said he’ll teach us more when we get the patterns down, but until then we just need to keep practicing those over and over.Tonfa Walking

I was going to work on the patterns in the living room but it was so nice out I wanted to go for a walk. I figured I could get the feel of the tonfa while I walked and if I was coordinated enough, I might even be able to work the patterns.

I started out slowly, just trying to get used to the weapons, then started working the patterns. I was worried I might hit my knee, but surprisingly I didn’t! I did, however, hit my elbow. Once. Which was enough, because when Wooden Tonfa meets Elbow, Elbow loses.

Because I live in Podunk, I kept waiting for Deputy Barney to pull up and ask what I was doing. I tried my best to look “normal” by swinging my tonfa when I was in less-lighted spots, and just carrying them when I walked under streetlights. My buddies and I made some pretty funny shadows – I was a 15-foot giant with really long arms!

It’s not the first time I’ve practiced my karate while I walk, since I’m usually working through combinations or blocks, but it’s the first time I carried weapons. So either the neighbors are used to the “crazy karate lady” wandering the streets or they were so busy wondering who in their right mind would go out in public dressed in a red hoodie, brown t-shirt, fuschia shorts and bright pink shoes that they failed to notice my walking buddies.

Now that I know I can walk and swing a weapon at the same time without breaking a knee or falling on my face, I’m sure I’ll do it again. I’d like to walk with my sai but I probably shouldn’t; I have a feeling those might attract a bit too much attention. But do you suppose anyone would notice if I walked with my bo?