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i spent last night in the “kenpo garage” … it used to be the sweat box, but the new name sounded cooler. i just wish the garage was. these 100+ degree days in texas can be brutal. the garage is always about 5-10 degrees warmer. sweating is not a chore. it comes as natural as breathing. we had four last night and spent a good chunk of time working with one of our newest white belts (same body shape as me, so he was sweating, too!). he’s coming along great. but watching him reminds me of me and forces me to re-think all that i’m doing. posture is important and my belly (my excuse) always had me leaning forward for all my techniques. i’m watching ‘skinny sumo’, our newest white belt, leaning on everything and it’s reminding me over and over to watch my own posture. i used to be HORRIBLE with the leaning. now i’m just bad. so improvement, eh?
speaking of ‘skinny sumo’, aka pastor chris (notice how everyone now has a name … they can all thank ME for starting it), we may have pin-pointed why last thursday’s class was so hard. seems there was a facebook trail that went something like this:
Chis’s Wife: I did zumba and i’m so tired now.
Wife’s Friend: what’s zumba?
Chris: you wouldn’t be able to do it … it’s an even harder workout than kenpo.
chris was being sarcastic when he replied, but we’re now thinking that our instructor, who is on facebook, read that and got to thinking, “hmm … i’ll show them what a hard workout is!” part of the reason we got this impression was in church on sunday morning. our instructor (also my pastor) plays lead guitar in our worship band. [side note: he’s very, VERY good and loves to play classic rock and blues, even in church] chris plays our drums. after the praise team was done playing mr jenkins pointed out that chris has lost 20 pounds in the last four weeks … and then said, “probably from all the zumba.”
A-HA!! i tell you, if we weren’t at church, AND if my finger wasn’t probably broken, i might have just punched chris square in the face. just kidding. but still … just goes to show we better watch what we make public knowledge.
a thought i had about my kicks and knee checks this weekend was prompted by a self-realization from last thursday’s kenpo class. i was helping the white belts with attacking mace and i have always had a tendency to land my kicking foot (post kick) in the middle of my opponents feet instead of near the inside knee so i can check his lead leg. i think it’s because i’m doing more of a thrusting kick instead of a snapping kick and letting the leg come back so i can set it down. so instead of thrust it should chamber, snap, pull it back, set it where it’s supposed to go. i get so hyper sometimes that i’m lunging and leaning. practice, practice, practice … only practice the right way now.
a thought i had about mr jenkins. he’s kind like superman. he comes in, explains what to do, shows us what to do, then can’t figure out why all of us “jimmy olsens” can’t do what he does. duh … HE’S SUPERMAN and we’re not! 🙂
my kicks are horrible. but hopefully not forever. vince, the orange belt who comes over to the kenpo garage on weekends, is going to start helping me with my kicks. he’s got about 8 years of taekwondo before he moved to kenpo and his kicks look fantastic. i realize it’s a very weak part of my skill set and i’m hoping to improve. time will tell.
i’m still so sore and banged up. hoping for the pain to subside before i add to the growing list. a week ago saturday i twisted an ankle with a knife edge kick. vince asked me, “how the crap did you do that!?” i don’t know. these are the type of things that happen to old, fat guys that are trying something they might should have started a couple of decades ago. but i did. i still wince a bit when i pivot quickly. then there’s the potentially broken index finger on my right hand. the whole first two knuckles are swollen and i can barely move it (making a fist is out of the question). my toe (picture on the left) is 5 days after the injury. the swelling has gone down considerably. this happened last thursday after a full hour of cardio. my legs felt like they weighed a ton and i couldn’t perform scraping hoof without seeing if i could dig up some carpet padding in the process. then there is the general soreness in all my muscles still from last thursday. i’m thinking i’ll be just about better (muscles) tomorrow … in time for my next class.
and now to walmart bill, as he’s affectionately known in our dojo. to know bill is to love bill, and to want a different partner than bill. he’s over 70 and is a brown belt. from my limited interactions with bill (he was out of class for several months with a torn up knee), he’s a nice, old guy who did martial arts for years before discovering kenpo. he loves kenpo. mr jenkins calls him a missionary for kenpo. he’s always trying to bring other people in. most often it doesn’t work out too well.
a few years ago he was working out in class and went pale. mr jenkins noticed and asked him if he was feeling ok. after sitting for a few minutes and then saying he was feeling better he started again. mr jenkins noticed his color was getting worse and sent him to the hospital. bill had had a heart attack. but bill doesn’t like to quit, so he wasn’t going to. bill has hard-headed syndrome. it’s not generally dangerous unless combined with “i-drink-way-too-much” disorder and/or “i’m-an-arrogant-jerk” complex. fortunately for us, bill is just hard-headed.
when he’s in class he’s notorious for moving at a moderate speed for someone his age, but doesn’t hold back his power very well. my first class that i got to meet him we were doing a drill where we block a punch, pass the arm to the other side, and then move into a wrist lock. nice and slow. easy does it. nope. not bill. i made contact, passed it over and applied the lock. he stopped me and said, “you don’t want to hammer them, just meet with the block and pass it over.” i thought that’s what i did. so he decides to show me what to do. when he met with the block he crushed my forearm and gave it a bruise lasting for several days. i thought to myself, “what the heck, you just hit me three times harder than i was doing!?” that’s bill.
now, here’s how he got the nickname “walmart bill”. one day after class he was talking to mr jenkins and mentioned that he likes to park in the back corners of walmart, in the areas that aren’t lit too well. then he likes to limp and shuffle across the parking lot all the way to the door. with his elderly look and his gimpy walking, he said, “i’m hoping someone will jump me and i can use my kenpo techniques!” he was serious. there are a couple dozen other stories, but i haven’t known him long enough to have all the details down. suffice it to say he’s quite a character.
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one more thing and then i’ll leave you alone. below is a youtube video on dance of death. i LOVE this guy’s commentary. i hope you enjoy it, too.
— chunky ninja