Friday, December 18, 2009

The Year Ends, The Adventure Expands

Readers may remember that my introduction to the martial arts was from watching my son as the smallest of the little champions around June 2003. My son would have been just four years old ( would have been 45). This past week, my now ten-year old son, took his first Candidate class with me. What an adventure this is turning out to be.

We are both candidates in cycle for black belts: me for my second, his for his first. He is, in my objective opinion, a formidable candidate: motivated, skilled, strong, and with great cardio. He placed second in the last two mile run with a 14:14 time. Although he was surprised by the pace and intensity of his first candidiate class, he hung in there and seemed to be on top of the kata. I remember my first candidate class when I pretty much crumbled in the face of so many pushups and situps and was having a real hard time remembering so many kata so fast.

This candidate cycle should be an adventure. Two phrases that I remember as the best motivational advice came to mind.

One comes from my father and reflects it own enthusiasm for life: "This is a once in a lifetime experience. Pay attention and enjoy it."

The other line came from a summer camp that I attended, Androscoggin, and was often repeated by my elder brother during our school years: "The more you put into it, the more you get out of it."

I just got back from a week off when I rested and ate and did no exercise. How dull. Looking forward, I intend to train myself up so I can whip through those candidate classes. With any luck, they'll keep me in cycle past May and August and I get to train with my son until November!


Thursday, December 10, 2009

The Pace Picks Up for Years End

I've neglected the blog lately. I've been busy. Here's my news:

My son, after years as a little champ and then with a few delays going through the ranks, earned his high red belt yesterday. He's now officially a Candidate. Looking forward for him, he'll only be watching or demoing at those Wednesday night tests. He's enjoyed his last one. Looking forward, he's got the skills to be black belt: he runs well, he knows the kata, he's good at sparing, and has good concentration and intensity. He just needs to pick up the intensity for awhile. And somehow work around family vacation schedules. I too am in cycle. I'm thrilled. And busy scheming to see if I can work it so we finish our cycles together.

I found another great YouTube video of KamaSet so I'll add this to the post on Kamaset, I'm including it here too.

Last night was testing. My son went to high red, my step daughter earned her green. And the Fingados are now red! I performed on the demo team. Agnes and I rocked with the bo form. We worked to stay exactly in sync and we think we nailed it!