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A couple of noteworthy things happened this week: I nearly landed a btwist, smashed my foot into the ground, climbed the CN tower, and participated in the October Crispin Shiai in Acton. The btwist, for those of you who don’t know, is an advanced kick in martial arts and a beginner’s kick in “tricking” (combination of gymnastics and martial arts that while having elements of both winds up really being neither). The body rotates 360° while parallel with the ground, landing on the leg that was jumped off of. It looks like this:

So my goal is to land the kick by the end of the week. Unfortunately, since I’m still not landing the kick, and am practicing on fairly firm mats, some scratches and bruises are unavoidable, including, but not limited to landing on the outside edge of my foot while spinning in the air. This resulted in my foot swelling up and me not being able to walk properly for two days. So I’m going to contact Dynamo and Kips to find out about their respective open gym programs, as they have things like soft mats, and foam pits which would be a big help. Also, since I want to eventually teach the demo team how to do this kick, it would be good to have some better options than telling them to throw the kick until they figure out how to land it. On a somewhat more positive note than the sorry state of my foot, I’ve been working on the triple kick (jump, side kick, split kick, roundhouse kick, land) which is coming along nicely. I can basically do jump, side kick, split kick, land, and jump, split kick, roundhouse kick, land, so it shouldn’t be too much of a stretch to get the whole kick. As well I can do a sort of crappy sideswipe, which looks like this:

So I have a gainer and a doubleleg left which I’ve made no progress on at all, and once I have them all individually, I’ll be putting them into combinations. I’ll then be able to make my video and complete that part of my preparation. I’m still a couple of weeks away on that at least.

As well, yesterday I participated in the Enbridge CN Tower Climb for the United Way. This was the corporate climb which I did with a group from work. It’s a fundraiser in which you raise at least $60.00 and then go climb all 1,776 steps of the tower (from the base level up to the main observation area). We got there at 6:30 AM, finished climbing around 8:00 AM, and my official time up the stairs was 18:01 (minutes:seconds). I was pretty winded. After this, I drove to Acton for the October Crispin Shiai, which is a small open level tournament. I spent a good 4 hours judging younger and lower belt competitors before they began the adult black belt divisions (always at the end of the day so they keep their judges). It wasn’t a great showing on my part, and the other competitors did very well in all of the events (weapons, kata, sparring, self defense). I had forgotten a pair of nunchucks at home, so I did my sai kata for the weapons division, receiving 2nd place, did Seipai for the kata division, receiving 4th place, and the sparring division was small (only 3 of us); I won my first match and lost my second, receiving 2nd place. So not an awful showing (I’ve definitely had worse) but not as well as I had hoped. I was pretty tired by the end of that day, and as a result of throwing a few jumping kicks in my sai kata onto the hard gymnasium floor, both feet hurt now.

So, let’s get to the weekly recap:

Monday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 14 rounds of Seipai
  • 40 minutes meditation
  • 2 acts of kindness

Tuesday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 14 rounds of Seipai
  • 20 minutes meditation
  • 1 act of kindness

Wednesday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 1 round of Seipai
  • 14 acts of kindness
  • 2 rounds of sparring

Thursday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 28 rounds of Seipai
  • 40 minutes meditation
  • 3 acts of kindness
  • 16 rounds of sparring

Friday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 14 rounds of Seipai
  • 20 minutes meditation
  • 4 acts of kindness

Saturday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 14 rounds of Seipai
  • 20 minutes meditation
  • 5 acts of kindness

Sunday:

  • 140 Push ups
  • 140 Sit ups
  • 14 rounds of Seipai
  • 20 minutes meditation
  • 6 acts of kindness

So for Week 2 I did: 980 Push ups, 980 Sit ups, 99 rounds of Seipai, 140 minutes of meditation, 18 rounds of sparring, and 36 acts of kindness. I didn’t get my jogging in this week, so that’s the plan for tonight.

Cumulatively, I have: 1,540 Push ups, 1,540 Sit ups, 155 rounds of Seipai, 200 minutes of meditation, 28 rounds of sparring, 10 km jogging, and 36 acts of kindness. I’m still low on my acts of kindness by 41, which means with 11 days down and 61 to go I need to be doing about 8 acts per day if I’m going to catch up by the end. I’m not sure if I’m just the Grinch, or if I just don’t remember most of the things I do. I’d suspect it’s the latter, which is why I downloaded a tally app to my phone so I can keep a running total through the day. It’s only 9:19 as of writing this and I already have 2, so I may not be the Grinch. On the other hand those Whos are very annoying…

Until next week, Cheers!

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