Sunday, September 18, 2005

Where's the Kung Fu?

I haven't been writing about that lately. One reason is that my shoulder is injured so my training is all messed up. K, my teacher, decided that I shouldn't use it for a month because it was getting worse not better even though I was being careful. So when I am in class now I tie my right arm to my side with my super-long, white sash. It was really hard to deal with at first, but now I am doing everything with one arm: forms, drills, and sparring.

I've also been learning my broad sword form with my left hand. I am imagining that someday I will have an Inigo Montoya moment where I do it with my left with a lot of pizzaz and just when folks think I am done I toss the sword into the air, catch it with my right and go to town with it. There is something I must tell you.......

I've been working a lot on strengthening my legs, too, since I can't work the upper body very well without using my shoulder. K made up a stance sequence for me to do. I have been holding each one for 30 seconds and charging position. Although I can hold some of the stances for much longer, it's really improving my weak ones. See this page for what I am aspiring towards. And it's not just the form, but the ability to hold it for some given amount of time, say five minutes.

4 comments:

Aprilynne said...

love your knitting - you have real talent and a cool blog. I have been chomping at the bit to try fair isle myself. at least my lil' sis is doing well at it!

Erica said...

Tag, you are it...details are on my blog

Aprilynne said...

I forgot to say, I love your Inigo Montoya reference! funny!

Momo said...

Hey April, thanks for the kind words. You have a great blog as well.

Woohoo, I like playing tag, erica!