Let’s Talk Arrow

Why hello there.

Yes, I know this blog is dead. Here’s a tiny attempt to revive it, and I do find that every time I finish watching the latest episode in whatever television series I’m currently into, I need to talk about it. Read what other people have been saying about it. I don’t really have the luxury of time to spend on this little hobby of mine but I do feel that this may be a good outlet for it.

There may or may not be spoilers for Arrow (up to Season 3, Episode 9) in the paragraphs to follow. Right now my head is filling up with to many things and I may or may not have a verbal diarrhoea. Or typing diarrhoea. You get what I mean. Anyway, you have been warned. If you’re not a fan of spoilers, just like how Milamber isn’t a fan of spoilers, I’m going to stop you right here.

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So… Apparently…

My sensei pointed to me and another white belt today and said, “You guys are going for for the next grading.” And I choked and went, “Are we?!” And apparently that was funny cause everyone laughed.

I don’t think it’s funny.

I don’t even know the basic kata yet. Like, we haven’t learnt it. Or at least, I haven’t learnt it.

We did a bit of meditation during class today. That felt really good. I like that its not all about the physical, but also the mental and spiritual. That’s really what I look for in a dojo, I suppose. Martial arts isn’t just simply a sport. It’s an art.

I’ve noticed that when I’ve had a pretty shitty day at work, I still drag myself to class and by the end of it, I’m all happy again. This probably won’t be the case when I’m on my period, I reckon. But in really glad I took this up. Really, really glad.

So it’s been two weeks.

So, my karate journey has reach its two week mark. How I am feeling about it after these two weeks? Hmmmm… It’s hard to put into words I suppose. My body is feeling the effects of it. I’m not losing weight yet, but I do want to increase the amount of training I do. At the moment however, that isn’t possible, so I have to stick with my twice a week training.

I am adding short fifteen/twenty minute runs on some days when I’m not in the dojo, however. I haven’t been very good at keeping it up, but I am glad that I am adding more. I also want to do more core body workouts, as well as train myself to do push ups.

How am I feeling about my progress is a whole different matter. I try to practice a little bit before I start work each day, but there are some things I’m just not getting. It’s really hard and challenging.

So far we’ve learnt a front kick and a roundhouse kick. The low block, and the normal punches. I have so much more to work on before I can get any of it right! Most importantly I would like my form to be correct before anything else.

I do hope to make it up a belt level, or half a belt level, by the time of the grading, which I think is at the end of June. I could be wrong.

I know, the belt doesn’t really mean anything. I should focus on technique etc. but I guess, the belt would then be a sort of… Reward for hard work put in?

Anyway, enough. I’m doing my best and that’s what matters.

Officially a White Belt!

So I signed up in the second school that I trialled! First impressions wasn’t really accurate. The instructors were really friendly. The only thing is, because of how big the class is, you can tell there are cliques. Maybe they joined together and were friends outside of the dojo before they joined.

I’m not happy with my progress though. I want to get it right. We’ve only pretty much learnt two things and I need major refinement on both of them. My front kicks doesn’t have enough of a hip thrust and my punches need better form. I know, I’m expecting too much of myself. It’s only been three classes.

Trialling Karate Pt.2!

So I went for a trial class in another school – I think I like this one. The people aren’t friendly. The class is bigger and you don’t get as much attention I suppose! But I find that I learnt more. The private lesson with the instructor was more detailed. He corrected a lot of my little foibles. And I found it a lot more enjoyable learning experience. Even though the experience wasn’t as open and welcoming as the first school I went to, I found learning was easier and more systematic. It helped that the people looked fitter as well. The first class I went to, the people didn’t look as fit and the whinged while doing the warm ups. I don’t know. Hmmmm. Time to see which feels right.

Trialling Karate.

So I went for a trial martial arts lesson. I chose Karate, after doing a bit of research on the various types of martial arts.

The instructor was really nice and patient. I learnt four blocks and a basic kata. The class was small and very friendly.

But the classes are on Monday and Thursday for an hour. I don’t know if I can make it those times!

I’m trialling another school on Tuesday. They start a bit later and are on Tuesdays and Thursdays so it works a bit better for me.

We’ll see how it goes. I wish I had enough money to go for taichi as well. But this will have to do until James starts working again.

Are You Happy?

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I started journaling my thoughts recently, and I thought maybe if share this one with all of you. It’s not so mug a private thing, just perhaps a ramble thing. Enjoy, if you so choose to.

In pursuit of happiness.

What does that mean, exactly? That we’re each chasing a dream that one day we might feel pure bliss? Doesn’t that imply that we don’t already have happiness in our lives?

When we look all around us, there’s happiness in all sorts of little corners. We simply just need to look hard enough.

Remember all those little mini essays they used to make us write when we were little kids? Always on the same topic, “What I Want To Be When I Grow Up”. Mine was very simple – I always said that I wanted to be happy. On hindsight, I realized why.

As a child, I looked up at grown ups, and they all seemed miserable. They didn’t have that joy, that spark in their eyes anymore. It was gone. It was like they were dead.

But the thing about being happy is that you need the other moments in your life, the other not happy moments, so that when you are happy, you savour it’s sweetness just that much more.

I had an interesting read today on the Internet about how we seem to be teaching our kids that happiness is supposed to be a default position and that is bullshit. Happiness is one of the nice little things that don’t really teach us much. It’s in pain that we grow. But when we experience pain, we immediately insist on moving on, and cheering up.

To an extent, I agree with it. I suppose, what I’m saying is be happy. Actually BE happy. Don’t wait for that miracle day to happen. But don’t diss the struggles you go through in life too, because they make you, you.