Workout, Practice, and Zack Whitson's Seminars

I finally did it.
After going to the grocery store to pick up milk and cereal, i did:

50 regular pushups
50 crunches (while doing the bicycle with my legs)
30 misc pushups (one handed, wide arm, fists at floating rib level, dimonds)
100 side crunches (50 each side)
20 regular pushups to complete the 100.
50 squats with 50lbs
50 crunches, while bicycling legs
bicycling legs for one minute
superman for one minute
Shoulder workout with weights, side, front, back
25 pushups
... bicepts
25 pushups
I almost thought to go jogging, but my knees are still feeling special.
then I went outside and climbed a tree did 3 pullups and dropped back down. (ack, i need work on this one, or a pullup bar!) I rested for a moment, then climbed the tree again and did another 5 pullups.

I started feeling woozy out in the sun, so I came inside and started drinking poweraid, thinking I was only dehydrated. Then I started typing this post. Very soon I began to feel quite bad indeed. I grabbed a mini-snickers, thinking that I'd over-exerted myself and needed sustenance. It was hard to finish. I asked my friend Hana, international wresting star, what I should do. She quickly diagnosed that I had way too much lactic acid built up and needed to go jogging. I felt like if I got up I would pass out. She added that jumping jacks would be good.
You're crazy Hana, but also completely right.
I jogged a lazy 8:22 mile. Then I walked through all my forms, one after another, just to see where I would end up. I didn't land where I'm supposed to. I'll have to figure out some way to map all the footwork.
Then I ran them again, along with the 8 techniques I need for the upcoming step exam.
Then I ran the 32 techniques with extensions. I have one extension left to learn, and I'll have the whole system. Yay!
I only needed to review 2 techniques. Sure, there's 96 other techniques I didn't run today, and I really need a training partner I can smack around, but I consider today a resounding success =D

Yesterday I did karate all day. My class started at 9am. I taught, relaxed (I listened to Zoe Keating's CD all day), taught more, then got a bite to eat. Before the seminars I ordered a new, plain, black belt and new heavyweight black uniform. They were on sale. I bought one of the studio sweatshirts. Medium. it looked small on me. My aunt took it. It looks perfect on her =)
The first seminar was on stick fighting. Specifically, it was on Zack Whitson's Counterpoint System. We essentially ran the form he created, and he told us all the sets represented in the form. It was insightful, brilliantly composed, and it freeflows into the left side for balance (and, consequently, back into the right side. there is no "end"). He said you've got the tools, now play with it! Once the seminar was over I asked one of the assistants to help me complete the form. I could run about 90% of it, but I was losing the order and the last few moves. Once I had the whole thing I ran it a few times to burn it in, then got ready Mr. Whitson's next seminar:
Advanced Knife Defense.
It was a lock flow with one knife. It was killer, literally, and was packed with useful information. The premise was "if you've run and found yourself cornered; if you must fight, fight like this." My favorite part of this seminar was when he wrapped up the attacker's knife hand and stabbed him without putting a fingerprint on the knife. "I'm sorry officer he stabbed himself!"

When I went home, I practiced the stick form in the rain (without throwing it across the yard!) and then went home and set my gear bag and contents out, then showered them with fabreeze.

Then I passed out.

Now I'm off to visit my aunt and her famous pug Roxy, The Devil Dog. We (my aunt and I, not Roxy) are going to practice her form: Form 5!

Great Weekend!!

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