Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Seminar, and Resting

Alright.. I listened to my body. I cut out all home training except a few minutes of Bo staff here and there. I even stopped volunteering at the outreach center for a good 2 weeks. I brought all of my training down to just the karate classes. I started seeing progress on my upper body. Instead of weakness, and shaking, my arms were stronger, and sharper in their techniques. I decided to "smooth" out my home practice so that it supports the progress. It will be a day to day thing depending on how difficult the karate classes were the previous night. IF my muscles need to rest, and stretch, then I will do so. If class was calm, and easy the night before, then I will put some extra demand on my body the next day at home.

So guess what happens at Seminar? I was doing some one step kumite ( sparring) with one of the brown belts testing for Shodan. I had just finished my head punch, and he was countering. He made a mistake, and stepped forwards improperly surging onto my back foot with his full weight onto my toes. It is a good thing that I have been trained to grasp the floor with my toes. I could feel the force of his momentum threatening to pull my toes back, and break them, but my toes fought that, and stayed on the ground. My left big toe took all of the damage. Instead of a toenail I had a huge black/blue/purple spot, and a constant sharp knifelike pain which made each time I put my body into any stance a new experience of how much torment one can feel from their feet. It HURT! From that moment on I limped through each day... It's been 4 days now, and I'm still wincing when I see something heading towards my feet. I was told that it will be weeks before I can use that toe normally again. It's really wierd to have 9 normal colored toes, and one black toe.

This incident brings me to a question: When you are doing one step, you are not supposed to move after your initial attack. You are expected to stand still and allow your partner to counter, trusting that they will not damage you. Now, when I stood there waiting for my partner's counter, and I saw the direction he was heading and the momentum he was surging with, I had this deep inner gut feeling that I should shift my foot out of the path of his energy. I quelched that inner desire, and forced myself to stay still. The result? 2 weeks of limping on my left foot. At this moment in time, I'm thinking that it would have been better for me if I had listened to my inner voice, and had moved that foot out of the way. Which is the better path? Being able to control your body, and not "jump at every inner reaction", or to listen to your gut feeling and err on the path of safety?

You know the student that I was helping prepare for their Shodan test? She passed. I was so proud of her performance. She put forth so much focus, and energy. To tell the truth, ALL of my dojo mates put forth so much good spirit during the Seminar. I just wanted to stand up and cheer for how much I saw them putting forth their best. Congratulations to every one of the students, and especially those who tested for Shodan. You can be truly proud of yourself for doing your best.

Oh.. I have a nice picture to offer you from this seminar of my husband, and I "posing" as if I am giving him corrections on his kata. Notice the smiles? ha ha ha... I don't think that we were very convincing in our pose.

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lizzie said...

Actually, I looks like that your husband really wanted your help from reading his face. Nice picture.

Anonymous said...

Hope your toe heals quickly. One reason I like to workout on mats is to assuage the kind of injury you got. I know wooden decks are traditional, but there are limits to how you can train on them.

Anonymous said...

One step sparring-

I would hope for minimal impact damage if a junior belt were to clash with me when training in such a controlled practice drill as One Step,

But better yet, I'd like my Spidy Sences to give me enough advanced warning that I could spring out of the way instead!

Keep the ice on the toe - and practice light physio for the arms!

Keep Training!

supergroup7 said...

Ha ha ha, Lizzie. Yes, it does look like a panic filled moment for him. Doesn't it? Ha haha

Thanks John. But I thought that those mats were notorious for causing toe injuries. Something about your toes catching the edges of the mats. Am I wrong?

Welcome myshotokan to my weblog. I think that this is your first visit. Thanks for the advice about my toes, and arms. Yes.. I think that I'll follow my "spidy" sense more closely when, and if I'm ever in that sort of situation again.

Anonymous said...

I could see that with the interlocking mats, which seem to be more widely used these days. The only problem I encounter with mats is that when perspiration gets on them, they become like a sheet of ice!