Dive Roll = Epic Fail

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Today isn't even half over yet and it's proving to be hilarious. First my stupid dog ran out the front door as I was leaving for my karate class. He's a jack russell shelti mix and is quite a bit faster than I am. With the help of my husband (in a car) and my neighbor's son we caught him.

Luckily I wasn't late for class, because I am insane about being early so I had plenty of time, but pulled my calf muscle chasing the dog...(in my head I'm still cursing A LOT). I am proud of myself one for running as fast as I did, didn't know I had it in me, and two for still going to class. It would have been an real easy out to skip it and use the situation as an excuse, but I didn't.

That leads to the next part of this epic day, class... So it's pretty normal, we warm up even though I was in pain I still did everything with the class. Small group of people so I get paired with a Sempi (2nd degree black belt). Awesome, a 17 year old girl who has been at this for 10 years. She was really nice but didn't hold back in her kicks one bit.

I survived more than half the class, my leg is screaming in pain but I'm just blocking it out. Then Deshi thinks for a minute and gives us options for the last half. Sparring or dive rolls - i've not done either, but before I know what's happening the class votes for dive rolls. Since I was the only white belt my opinion didn't really count anyway either way it was going to new to me.

I learned at a young age that I am not the "rolling" type, even when I was fit I didn't do any gymnastic type activity. The first one was pretty much a somersault but over your shoulder. Then after failing at each attempt of those I had to figure out how to do a reverse roll. Deshi comes down to my side of the mat and shows me, "you know just sit down, throw your feet up to the ceiling, then rotate your hips so your feet go back behind you and let your body follow." I just stare at him for a few seconds and ask "what makes you think that I can do that." He assures me and tells me to just try. So I do, pretty much landing on my side, my arm, and of course my face. Luckily my glasses didn't break. Overall a fun class, now I have something new to practice at home.
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  • 23KAIYA
    I returned to my class last October after a few years off and I'm still struggling to get the reverse rolls, just keep at it! Rolling correctly can help save you pain and injury and eventually it gets fun.
    2041 days ago
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