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    3/3/2007 - 3/3/07
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    I told my husband of my decision to quit the martial art style that we study mutually. He's ok with it. I actually thought that he would quit before me. He is very discouraged about his progress. It's been about a year since our school moved to the new location and we were able to go twice a week instead of once. It's also a year to the day (how ironic) that we earned our blue belts. He feels that instead of advancing twice as fast, his skills have actually deteriorated. See..he's no good at this either!  I guess misery loves company. He has been wanting to try something like an 'over 35 basketball league' or something like that. I don't share his concern, but he is worried that he doesn't have many good years left. If, when there is an adult class offered in a month or so, he learns that he is years away from earning a black belt...spending the time and money just wouldn't be justified. It's a low cost program, sure, but factor in the$30 for the baby sitter and the extra years that it is taking us to earn a black belt in this style,a goal we may very well never achieve.....Hello! A year into blue belt. I can't decipher the criteria for brown belt. We are so far away from it that I was afraid to ask about when our test might be. There hasn't been an adult black belt in the near ten year history of our school so what would make me think that I would be the one. I feel really guilty because I got him into this...it was 100% my idea.

     

    Anyway, I worked on the kata for my next belt. I am working on incorporating the corrections into what I have learned...which makes the whole thing seem like I've never done it before. I will be happy when this stage passes!

    I also went over white belt self-defense. I felt very good about it. We talked about it, as we have many times before, and IK would not be the style for Joe either, sadly. Although he could do it, he would say that he couldn't master the tiny details of the katas, or even the main movements. Also, IK is horribly horribly horribly  painful to the wrists, shoulders, and fingers. He honestly can't tolerate what little I've done on him.

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    3/3/2007 - Let's Face It
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    The sad truth is that things change and people change. Sometimes we find that there is no room for us anymore. We don't fit in and aren't wanted. The good thing is that at IK, I can just be myself and people accept me whether or not I order a really small lunch, or I didn't watch American Idol. Monk's paradise for sure. I try to get my mind used to what life would be like if I quit. I never dreamed that quitting would be way harder than just going along with my routine. Even if it is the very best course for so many reasons.

    Reasons to quit:
    1.People who don't even know me don't like me and pretend that I'm invisible.

    2. I am really really bad at this style.I have no hope of progressing for ages and I am probably incapable of ever earning a black belt in this style anyway.

    3. I could stay home and get more work done, etc.

    4. Maybe I could find another program or I could start Arnis.

    5.Everything here goes for Joe as well so it's not like I'd be letting him down.

    6. I wouldn't constantly  worry that I'm practicing things incorrectly.

    Reasons to stay:
    1. It is just so ingrained into my lifestyle.

    2. We have all the training equipment

    3. I would lose my top weight loss motivation; to fit into cool uniforms.

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    3/3/2007 - 3/2/07
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    Getting back into the swing of practicing....but slowly. Too slowly. I didn't even do any Islander's (IK). I figured that since I got a new belt the day before, I could take a day off. But just one day because in Islanderworld, the next belt test could be right around the corner.

     

    Now I remember that I should do my practice log early in the day or I may not get to it.

     

    My husband Joe and I did a day from our 'mutual practice log', which consisted of  the side ride escape, my feeble attempts to remember both knee ride escapes, a very brief  rendition of 'stir the pot', a head control move.

    We also worked on grappling; specifically the moves I had done in class the night before. The armbar from the guard felt pretty good. I was able to remember the defense to that move and show it to Joe. He liked it too. I also lifted my weights, but that's all!

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    3/3/2007 - Hello
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    Hello and welcome to my martial arts training log. I am also on  JournalHome under the name "FightingFemale", which was derived from "CombatGal", which my son made up. This blog won't be of interest to many people because it is mainly a training diary. Sorry! I had one on Forumer but it's been down for so long that I decided to use JournalHome. It's very reliable, it is easy to paste pictures, and very importantly to me, I can search my entries.
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