<i’m moving this post to the new karate category>
Last night, I had my first karate class in about eight years. Back in the day, I was a 1st kyu brown belt (the next rank is black) who had participated in regional and national competitions. I was told that you don’t ever lose rank, but I don’t think whoever said that had ever tried to get back into karate after a long hiatus. I was out there trying just to keep up with the white belts. The toughest thing will be retraining my body to tense and relax at precise moments. I was having a hard time keeping up, because i was way too tense too often. I wasted a lot of energy and got overheated way too quickly. The worse part about starting over is that your mind remembers what to do, but your body does something totally different. I never thought I would be exhausted after doing just a few beginner katas. I’m not too sore today, but I am sore enough. It’s going to take awhile for my calves to forgive me for the abuse. By summer, they’ll take me for their new look.
Going back to class reminded me of some great moments from my former club in Mississippi, including
I really like this new dojo. The people are very friendly, and the atmosphere is very comfortable. The sensei allowed me to wear my brown belt in the beginner class, which makes me train harder, because I know other students are going to look at me for an example.
I can do 25 sit-ups comfortably right now. Just 725 more to go =)