Wow, our bodies actually are changing as we get older… Huh…who’d have thought?
Healing is coming at a slow pace.
I cannot think of a time I have ever taken this long to recover from something! I won’t accept limitations, I will continue to push my body to see what I am still capable of; but I will be realistic on how much work I need to do to keep my body in top shape.
I want to avoid injuries like this in the future. I wasn’t careful, and my body was not strong enough or flexible enough to keep up with the teenagers around me. And it's so hard not to strive to “show them this old man has what it takes!”
Pride, it's a terrible thing.
The good news is, I do feel that my knee is getting stronger every day.
But man, I really want to kick that heavy bag! I feel like Khan in Star Trek 2, “He tasks me…” Of course Khan is quoting Ahab in Moby Dick, so do I feel like Khan, or Ahab? Sometimes I put way too much thought into these things.
Point is, I want to kick something solid!
Time, in time...
One very good thing that has come out of this injury is getting some great one-on-one training time with Master Won.
As I have said in earlier blogs, the evening class I attend is small, maybe about a dozen students at most. Almost all of them are black belts or deputy black belts.
Because my knee is still recovering, I’m not able to do the same drills that everyone else is doing. So while they are all sparring or kicking bags, I get to work with Master Won.
So far we have been working on refining my blocks. I really enjoy these sessions, as they are a chance to really improve my technique.
|The amazing and very patient Master Won.|
We do everything from proper hand position, (both in the starting position of the blocks and in the end) to how you get from point A to point B. It takes a lot of concentration to make sure that I do this correctly.
Also the blocks have to be executed in such a way that you stay relaxed for about 70 percent of the movement until you twist the wrist and snap that last 30 percent for power. I still struggle with tension in my upper body. Master Won is constantly putting her hands on my shoulders and pushing them down, telling me to relax.
Relaxing my body has proved to be very challenging. In martial arts, it’s important to conserve your energy as much as possible. Tension in the body simply depletes that energy quicker.
And I know the only way to make these moves become second nature is to practice them, exactly as they should be, over and over.
I’ve learned something about my attention span while doing this. I am easily distracted, a something that has developed from working in front of a computer all day. So the simple task of doing one thing and staying on that task with my mind and my body is rather challenging.
This makes me think about how I approach life.
How much energy do I deplete with tensions caused by worry or fear? How often does my mind wander far away from the present moment?
How often do I allow distractions to enter my mind?
Martial Arts are about so much more than just honing our bodies. If you pay close attention, you can really learn a lot about not only who you are, but also who you want to be.