Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The uphill battle back

I only managed one practice of my own last week - as my wife even protested that one, and even though I went to practice last night, I am not sure I'll be able to swing it on Wednesday. Things have been pretty tough at home since our 3rd was born, and I consider every Judo practice that I get in as a gift. When I came home last night, I was told that I was definitely getting up in middle of the night. Personally I didn't mind it, despite the lack of sleep, it was worth the Judo excursion.

On Sunday, I was helping out the kids class. Sensei asked me to give one of the kids his yellow belt test. I was very apprehensive, and had a ton of questions. It's funny, at work, I have no problem taking charge of things and taking ownership. As well as giving people on my staff guidance, but as a Judo instructor, I have very little confidence. I don't know what was my greater fear - failing a kid who was worthy, or passing a kid who was not.

Last night, at the adults class, I went over the exam with Sensei in greater detail, and it seems that I handled it right. I told him that I wanted to make sure I didn't make a mistake, because its his name on the promotion certificate. He appreciated that I thought that way.

I am also working on my own promotion. Since I didn't come up through the ranks with Sensei himself, he handed me his syllabus, and asked one of the senior blackbelts to review all of the requirements for every rank - from Yellow belt through Ikkyu! Sensei has his own requirements, including some items that are not on the standard lists of throws and techniques. I did the Yellow belt stuff last night, and if my wife lets me go on Weds. I will do all of the green belt requirements.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Quiet Practice, and Sore Re-start

So I went back to practice last night after taking a couple of weeks off with the baby. For some odd reason, there were only four of us and the two senseis (and one of the four sat on the sidelines, as he was feeling sick after the warmups). Since some of my dojo mates will be taking the Kata test shortly, the two Senseis (both former Kata examiners) reviewed our Kata and gave a lot of helpful hints. I also managed to practice some new moves that I want to incorporate into my competition repetoire and sensei gave me a lot of good pointers.

Of course, since I hadn't practiced in a couple of weeks, I was sore as anything all over this morning. I got on the scale last week and realized that it was time to lose weight again, and so I started ramping up in my exercises - this way I am not as sore as I might be right now. Hopefully I will shed a few pounds, but I highly doubt I will drop enough to get down to 198 by the end of the month for the tourney I want to compete in, but it will be a good challenge if I need to play in the 220 division (hopefully my scale isn't off by more than a couple of pounds).

Friday, October 19, 2007

Sleep Deprived

So I've been laying low for the past few weeks - why you may ask? Because my wife just gave birth to our third son! So far, he seems to only be interested in ne-waza. Of course, sleepless nights and all 3 boys have caused me to forgo judo for the last couple of weeks, but I am going back on Sunday to help with the kids class, and will hopefully get two practices of my own in this week.