Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Yesterday we've started sparring again, after over a year without. In the Nisei style, it's possible to get up to Shodan without sparring, but it's still a useful exercise, and fun. I feel a little guilty for having so much fun hitting people, because normally my philosophy is more along the lines of "the greatest victory is the battle not fought" and so on. I also tend to get competitive and it's not really fair to the juniors - got to watch that!
One thing I can be really proud of and that's my aerobic endurance. The last time we got into sparring, I felt like I was going to die after even one 2-minute round. This time, with all the cardio I did over the last year, I was able to last much longer, even when Sensei did a special long bout with me at the end.
Of course I'm also fervently hoping this will help me bust the plateau I've been sitting on for far too long.