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