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4/20/13 11:20 P

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...to second Chellie....lets wish everyone a less stressful week in the coming one!
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I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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4/20/13 11:08 P

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I made it to class today...and hit things really hard, things being white belts of course emoticon
We had a great class today, really kept moving the entire period. I'd go into more detail, but after 2+ hours of training, I'm ready for a nap!


I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

Ann


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4/20/13 10:45 P

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Hi all! Joining late in the game, this week...it was just a stressful week, then - glad it wasn't just me - kinda! LOL! I had my divorce settlement this week, so I went to class on Monday night and Thursday only. Went to spar and master weapons (sword right now) today. Oh my goodness - the sword katas are so detail oriented! I'm just not picking them up as quickly as staff...all the formalities and nuances are beautiful, but my old brain just doesn't retain it all as fast as it's being taught!

In my school the belt ranks are: White, Yellow, Orange, Green, Senior Green, Blue, Red, Purple, Senior Purple, Brown I, Brown II, Brown III, Probationary Black, Black...and then degrees of Black.

I am at Probationary Black rank now. My kids have been Black for a few years. My oldest son is Black II hoping to be eligible for advancement to third degree later this year, and he's an instructor. My daughter hopes to get back into it after she graduates from college this year. My youngest son is not interested, at this point, in advancing any higher. Enrolling in karate classes was the best family investment I ever made!

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Hi, ladies, and happy Saturday to us all.

Looks like a lot of us had a busy and stressful week. Hugs all around.

I took a double in TKD this morning. We did some street self-defense in Black Belt Club class. We started out with grappling gloves, but my partner and I ditched them after about 15 minutes. Our hands were just too sweaty and we trusted each other to be in control of the bare-knuckled punches that we were leveling at each other's faces and heads. Good training. Good sweat. Good riddance to all the crap I carried around all week.

Here's to a better one.

Chellie

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4/20/13 12:06 A

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Yay, Eternal! Put a beat-down on those boards!

23Kaiya, I have learned that sometimes it is better to just let things go. Even if it hurts at the time to do that. It is also so hard to accept when our own relatives have feet of clay and let us and others down. I don't know if you are religious or not, but it helps me to think that when a door is closed to me now, a window will soon be opened.

And it helps to go to class and hit things really hard! emoticon

I sucked it up today and did either a good thing or a dumb thing, time will tell. I joined a gym about 40 miles away from my house. But it was fairly affordable and I think I will be able to do the strength training I need to there, plus a good bit of cardio. My fear is that I will get tired of the drive and drop out before my 12 month "contract that isn't a contract" is up. Oh well. Wish me luck and cheap gas prices.

Strive for peace, hope and perseverance.

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4/18/13 9:41 P

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That's great!
I've continued to get bad news followed by worse news and my relationship with my brother may be beyond repair....no wonder they say never never work for family.
Monday night was the first time since I resumed training a year and a half ago (I think maybe ever) that I left class regretting that I'd even gone, that just doesn't happen. Last monday I had one of my favorite patients dying in clinic, little tyke is barely over 2 (he pulled through fyi) and we thought he was done for. I cried for hours and didn't stop until I pulled into the dojo, I couldn't stop up to that point and it turned my mood around. I felt so much better after that class and then this week it was blah....so I didn't even go last night.
I will be going Saturday and it's most likely I'll be testing, as I'm 99% certain that I need to quit my job with Alan.
Yeesh!
Hope everyone is doing all right, finding more reasons to smile than cry and way to go Eternal!!!!

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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4/18/13 9:19 P

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Since my last post was kind of a downer, I figured I would update again, since the last two days of TKD have been AWESOME. Just... exactly what I needed.

There was a lot of laughing yesterday, in between (and sometimes during) working out hard, and today we did a review of self-defense and then doing conditioning for our tournament, which is on the 27th.

And today I broke two boards for the first time! It was on the fourth try, but still, I did it! I don't know if I'll be able to do it consistently enough to do that as my break for the tournament, but at least I know I CAN do it.

I'm really looking forward to class tomorrow. Yesterday and today reminded me why I love TKD so much, and why I train every day.

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4/17/13 7:50 P

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I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

Ann


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4/17/13 8:56 A

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My work schedule is all over the place, and some weeks I'm off Thursday, work Friday through Tuesday, and then I'm off Wednesday. Unfortunately, this means that I have to go most of a work week without being able to go to TKD, which is my main source of stress relief. But I can't go on Saturday morning, there are no classes Sunday or Monday... so I work four days straight before I get to go to class again.

And then sometimes - rarely, but sometimes - it doesn't help. Like last night.

I've been in a pretty bad head space for the last few days, because I went to college in Boston, and I know exactly where the finish line to the marathon is, and I've walked through that part of the city hundreds of times. (It's right in front of the main branch of the public library, which I frequented all four years that I was there.) Everyone I know who lives in the city is safe, but I'm still shaken, and numb, and struggling to cope.

There were only two of us in class yesterday, and so my instructor decided to have us work on a more advanced technique - knife defense. But the other student in class really isn't up to that level yet, which meant that for every time I practiced, he did it twice because he couldn't get it right. And that meant I got my arm twisted. A lot. And finally my instructor demonstrated one way to compensate for if you messed it up initially... and twisted my arm hard enough that my elbow popped. My right shoulder and elbow still hurt today if I twist them at all.

I'm not sure he noticed that he'd really actually hurt me. I think sometimes he forgets, because I don't complain, that I am touch, but I'm not indestructible, and he is, in fact, quite a bit bigger and stronger than I am. Class today will be interesting, and probably painful. I should probably take the day off, but we'll see. I don't like missing class if I can avoid it.

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4/17/13 12:10 A

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I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

Ann


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4/16/13 11:45 P

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Perhaps the other brown belts needed more help than you do!

Regarding the black belt who plowed right into the warmup, I wouldn't think that was beneficial to anyone, expecially not if they had any medical issues. The facility where I train offers a Crossfit class on Tuesdays. I went several times and I do like the young girl who teaches it. However, I don't think she realizes just how unsafe it would be for me to do the moves that she has selected. So about half the time, I don't. I just do what I know I need. And to be honest, the best workout I ever got in that class was the one where I did mostly my own program. But even though I like her, my lack of enthusiasm has made it easy for me to stop going to that class.

Life is too short to trash my knees doing an arbitrary number of burpees for no reason other than the instructor couldn't think of anything else for us to do. The bottom line is that I am training for my benefit, not that of a junior instructor. I will be polite and follow along with their plan as long as it is safe and prudent for me to do so. But not if it isn't. And that has nothing at all to do with my level of dedication or ability in martial arts.

Strive for peace, hope and perseverance.

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Intense!
Last night I had a bit of a slap in the face. Of the 4 brown belts there, 2 of us promoted last December (me Green to Brown III and the other lady Brown III to Brown II) and 2 others that tested but did not promote. We had 4 black belt instructors and so 2 took the 'group' and the other two each took a brown belt and worked exclusively with them last night. It's a bit silly but I felt like I was left to 'play with the little kids' while the 2 were given a huge advantage.
Of course, I have PMS and a lot of personal stress, was already moody when I went in to class and did not help things when the black belt warming the class jumped right to burpees and rolling drills and I refused, did my own warm up.
In my defense, with a spinal injury and (I was officially diagnosed yesterday) Crohn's related arthritis, I need to go through a progressive warm up, lighter to heavier to full on, not full on straight out of the shute.
The black belt that led warm ups is a marathon runner and black belt in 2 other forms, he often ignores those of us with injuries or disabilities.
In his defense, it was my choice to go to class, I pay to take the class and he can't really tell if I'm really trying my best, in pain or just a mood and when there are others that appear much more eager, he'll want to work with them more.
still.... emoticon

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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4/16/13 10:25 A

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Hey, I just changed my user name. I realized that GOFORIT50 was from back when I turned 50 and had first decided to start martial arts. Did you guys know that all the good names are taken??? I must have tried half a dozen before I could think of something that suited me and also was up for grabs, and under 15 characters. So anyway, hopefully I will have reason to change again in the late fall when I test for blue!

Recalling a previous post, we only have testing about twice a year and you can ony test if the instructor invites you to because he thinks you are capable of passing. Our belt progression is: white, yellow, orange, purple, green, blue, brown, black. And our testing is primarily sparring, mass attack, and self defense stuff.

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That's great! GOFORIT50, this forum is many things, including a place to brag and boast about accomplishments. Don't hold back girl, let us know!
And I love your suggestions, I'll be printing them out and talking to my brother. Thank you

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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4/16/13 12:33 A

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23Kaiya, I think you are right - sometimes you have to be very direct in order to get paid for things. You might first check to see that everyone has been invoiced for the services rendered and if not, send out a new round of invoices with a handwritten note or sticky label, "This invoice has not yet been paid. Please submit full payment as soon as possible." And then a week later follow up with a phone call, all sweet and nice, "We all want to avoid a situation where there aren't any reliable EMT's available to staff your future events, but if we can't pay our EMT's, then everyone will be back at the mercy of the maybe-they-will-show or maybe-they-won't staffing. I'd hate to see your company removed from our client list, but we can't send anyone out anymore to events that refuse to pay them." Unless it's a done deal, I'd hesitate to mention anything about going out of business because perhaps it can be salvaged with better record keeping and accounting. And since you love it so much, maybe it can be revived.

I promise to rarely do this, but I want a little martial arts credit tonight. I did something I didn't think I would do at the age of 52. I trusted my instructor for a big, old, flying in the air, trust fall as part of our breakfall training. The trusting was much harder than the falling! And I didn't break a hip or anything! I'm pretty sure there wasn't too much danger of that but I still sometimes feel so old in my class. Other than the 2 instructors, I am 2 or 3 times older than everyone else. I don't know that age has made me weak or fragile as much as it has made me scared. But I did it and I'm proud. That is all. :)

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There is nothing wrong with moving a topic from last week's thread to this week's, thanks for doing that!

I enjoy learning about other schools, the testing and ranking systems, the challenges and rewards. While I can not train in every form, every class, it's fun to learn about them through others.

Hanne, I was thinking about offering to do collections for my brother's company. I would not have any trouble calling these groups and letting them know what's on the line. "Hi, this is Ann, with T1, remember 3 years ago, that group you hired that didn't show? You spent tens of thousands on your event and had to cancel because the volunteer EMTs didn't show? Are you aware that the group that's now covering it, that hasn't been paid yet, will be going out of business because they are not being paid and you will have to call the other guys." Or maybe start with a simple "I'm sure it's an over-site, we have not been paid yet, can you look into that?" and work up from there. emoticon

Class tonight! I'm looking forward to going, should be most of our regulars there and I'm hoping to see our black belts that enjoy running. Mr. St and Mr. C both travel a lot for marathons and I just want to hug them, hoping neither one was in Boston. Many other students have loved ones in that area, it will be good to support them as well.
Be well ladies!

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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4/15/13 9:16 P

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I'm carrying this over from last week's thread, because I find it interesting.

Someone else mentioned their school's belt system for Tae Kwon Do... and mine is totally different! I don't know if this happens with other martial arts, but it seems like TKD tends to vary quite a bit.

Mine is white, yellow, green, high green (green with a white stripe), blue, high blue, red, high red, brown, high brown, black... and you don't get a belt with your name embroidered on it until second degree. You can go from white to first degree black in about three years, if you are able to test every three months. Younger students get a junior black belt, which is half red, half black.

My friend's school is white, yellow, orange, green, high green, blue, high blue, purple, high purple, brown, high brown, red, high red, recommended black (black with red stripe, or maybe it's red with black stripe...), high recommended black (half red, half black belt - like our junior black), and then black - with their name on it and everything. It takes them about 4 years to go from white to black.

She started training a year before me, and we will get our black belts around the same time.

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Oh no; that's too bad. It's true that some people just aren't good about pursuing money owed to them. Our club has been teetering on the edge before and rather than get tough with people, Sensei substituted from his own pocket. He finally got tired of it and put me in charge of the money, so he doesn't have to deal with it. I've got no problem reminding people of their dues, although most of our members are punctual. Maybe your brother needs to get somebody else to collect the bills? Hope everything turns out ok!

MA wise, we've got our senior yellow belts graded up to orange, and now we've got two fairly new yellow belts, one adult white belt, and his 4 yr old son who is mostly along for the ride. Don't expect to grade the little guy any time soon emoticon

Our green belts will likely get their third stripe before the summer break, and at least one of our blue belts will go up to brown. Our current three-stripes brown belt is making himself scarce - we were hoping to get him his black belt in June because he is quite good, but never around enough to really get him groomed for grading. Oh well, he is old enough and smart enough to understand what he has to do. Not my job to worry about him.

I'm getting a bit more comfortable with the black belt katas, even Chinto although I don't expect to ever excel at that one - too old to be a ballet dancer lol! I'm working on a sai-bo bunkai for our sai kata - so far I've got the first three moves figured out (actually it's one move done three times...)

Hope everybody is having a good week!




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New week with new challenges and new opportunities!
Above everything, I'm looking forward to class tomorrow. Yesterday I missed class while covering a Karate Tournament with job #2. I love being an EMT and providing stand by coverage as an EMT at various events has been a lot of fun, which is why I've done it for 15 years. Currently in Alaska there are several volunteer groups that do it, and only 1 paid group...the one I work for that is owned and operated by my brother. Yesterday I asked him about pay, it's over a week over due and I have not yet paid my training fees at the dojo, and I haven't gotten my daughter the birthday present I wanted to get her. I was told that there are no funds for paychecks yet and will not be until we are paid for events we covered late last year. My brother is a very gentle person and has never been good at collecting our fees, after 5+ years of this business running and only sometimes being paid, there is nothing left. He went on to tell me that equipment is going to be repossessed soon and he may just quit. The business will claim bankruptcy and no one gets paid. Yikes!
So I've missed time with my daughters, training time and opportunities, for nothing! I enjoy the work, love my brother but I don't do it just because of that, I need the income. If he can't pay me I'll need to find something else and how much will that cut into the little free time I have?
Ick....
Otherwise...doing all right. I'm be able to train (on my own) for a few hours today, then youngest and I are going to the oldest's apartment for movie night with popcorn.
Have a great weekend ladies!

I may not be there yet but I'm closer than I was yesterday.

I got tired of starting over and working back to where I was, so I have stopped giving up!

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