Back to Basics: One Step at a Time

I have discovered a new wonder formula of incredible awesome-ness and joy.

This stuff

Basically, it’s a liquid anti-inflammatory which works a lot like Ibuprofen. Except you smear it onto the area you want the most goodness to happen in.

It’s completely awesome (Obviously, use this responsibly and not like a complete idiot. Read the directions, and follow them. PSA done.).

This being said, I would really like to not have to use it anymore.  I would also like to get rid of the kineseo tape, foam roller, daily ibuprofen intake, musical joints, worrying twinges, and minor grinding noises that sometimes accompany my general movement.

It seems that the last 18 years of competitive martial arts has cause my body to develop in some interesting ways. For one, all of the muscles related to the martial arts, quads, iliotibial bands, pectorals and everything else involved in kicking and punching, are so overdeveloped that it’s starting to pull my body in weird directions.

All of the muscles used for other things, like walking, sitting, lifting things above my head, and being a succesful human in any setting other than a karate floor, are rather weak and wimpy.

nose driving
Exhibit A

What this means is I’ve had to slow down everything I do and start really looking at the form I’m using. How do I walk? How do I run? How do I squat, lift, kick, stand, and generally do everything all day long?

It’s rather exhausting, and annoying. But, it’s also a constant reminder that everything always comes back to the basics.

At the dojo I’m constantly stressing the importance of basics. How do you kick? How do you stand? Where are your toes? Where are your hands? I tell the students to always make sure everything is as it should be.  This means taking your time and making sure it’s done right.

I also walk around with a giant padded sword and smoosh anyone’s feet who needs to make an adjustment. They laugh a lot, but I know it’s totally because they’re completely terrified of the giant padded sword.

Pictured: NOT a foam sword.

I have the US Open coming up in a few weeks, so I’ve been working hard at changing the form of my movements, both in and out of karate, and trying to be the best I can be physically. But, I also just finished a blogging class for my graduate degree.

A class that resulted in the creation of this blog.

One of the biggest pieces of feedback I got was all about taking my time and making sure my writing basics were there. My posts had too many typos, and some pretty basic grammatical errors. It’s what I got for writing fast and needing a whole lot of posts in not a whole lot of time. But, just like I tell my students, doing something well doesn’t equate to doing something fast.

So, it’s back to basics. It’s making sure I take the time to read through posts again and maybe double check on some basic rules about commas. It’s time to start squatting with light weight, and really focusing on where my knees are. It’s time to start all over, and try to rebuild everything from the ground up.

It’s time to move forward. And today, that means taking one step back.



4 thoughts on “Back to Basics: One Step at a Time

  1. Mary beth

    Lighter weight perfect form( or near perfect as you can get) is always better than heavy weight improper form. Leads to stuff like a Pars Defect that you don’t want ( causes spinal instability and resembles a Scotty dog on CT images)this is very common in young men in adolescent years as they can’t help but try to squat heavier than then fellow football team member does and their coach is usually too macho to stop them! Besides over ten reps results in muscle group definition not unnecessary bulk that doesn’t mean more strength . Give me lighter safer weight more reps and definition any day of the week! And do your Y T W I’s to use those rhomboids to pull that spine correct and avoid rounded shoulders! Well done Mr HC good blog! I like this one too!


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