I had some mishaps along the way...

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Well, it has certainly been interesting being back on SparkPeople again. Since I keep my records public on this thing, there might be a couple of days where the calorie counts look a little low.

This is not because I just didn’t eat…

These are usually days where I knew I blew it and I wasn’t going to bother trying to track everything I scarfed down my pie hole! Every time I did it, I noticed it on the scale, too! I could just see progress slowed, stopped, or even reversed, and it just bugged the crap out of me!

I seem to have gotten it back under control now, and my exercise has really picked up, but I really really really really hate strength training. I’d rather jog 10 miles a day (I don’t do this) than lift free weights. Did I mention I hate strength training?

At any rate, I have already begun incorporating more strength training into my routine – a combination of free weights and calisthenics. And yes, I hate every minute of it, but maybe that will change. The main guide I’m using is My Fitness Coach by Ubisoft on my Wii. The trainer, Maya, may be a computer generated image, but I still think she’s a b!itch regardless.

Also, since my campus Judo club is closed, I’m going to begin training not only in Ron Boyd’s Aikido Dojo, but I’m also returning to Toshi Dojo in Brandenburg. Last night was my first night back since Christmas, and I think I had forgotten how rigorous Sensei Eb’s training actual is! He mentioned he had talked to Sensei Ward of EKU Judo Club, and said to me in what seemed to be a little bit of sarcastic tone that Sensei Ward’s teaching was probably a much more pleasant experience than his.

My reply was, “No, not at all. You just both have very different teaching styles.” And I believe this.

I’ll tell you why.

At Toshi Dojo, Sensei Eb is a competitor, and he trains his Judoka like competitors. His primary focus is intense conditioning and the sport aspect of Judo. A student under Sensei Eb’s tutelage will be worked hard, and Sensei Eb doesn’t settle for anything less than great effort.

At EKU Judo Club, Sense Charles used to compete, but he focuses more on the art of Judo, and his spectrum is a bit broader. He wants students to not only know the techniques, but also self-defense application and use of Ki.

I can’t pick which one I like better because honestly I like both approaches. Both of the teaching styles have their pros, which are above. As for cons for me, Sensei Eb concentrates on incredibly intense training and is geared towards those who want to compete. Those who want to apply themselves to tournament training would do very well to train with Sensei Eb regularly.

It’s not my thing, but I do like being pushed a bit harder than what I get most of the time at EKU Judo Club. At EKU Judo Club, the warm-up routines, in my opinion, are not very strenuous, but Sensei Charles is working with a much broader range of interests. There are some Judoka who would not come at all if they had to endure 50% of Sensei Eb’s level.

If I could take the best of both Senseis and merge them, I’d be a happy camper, and if either end up reading this, this is no insult to either, but only my opinions on the differences between the two schools.

Regardless, the dojo is the “place where we all come to shine together”. I have no problem being of different watts in different sockets.
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