Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Ki Chung Kata

The Ki Chung kata is a kata of tae kwon do origin. It's nearly identical to kama set but uses open hands. I saw it for the first time tonight (March 23, 2009).




Description. Thanks to Kidith Paulino, Wes & Morgan for the write-up.
(It appears that there's a formatting problem which I'll get to anon)

STEP OUT HARDBOW (R) PUNCH, SWITCH STANCE (L) PUNCH
CIRCLE SET Þ DOUBLE X BLOCK Þ STEP (R) SET
STEP LEFT Þ SET Þ BLOCK (L) CHOP (R) Þ RIGHT FRONT KICK
HARDBOW (L) 7 CHOP Þ (R) JAB (L) PUNCH
SWITCH OVER SET Þ (R) BLOCK (L) PUNCH Þ LEFT FRONT KICK
(R) 7 CHOP Þ (L) JAB (R) PUNCH Þ STEP FORWARD SET
(L) BLOCK (R) CHOP Þ (R) FRONT KICK Þ SKIP FRONT KICK
X SET (SINK DOWN) (L) LEG IN BACK Þ (R) LEG STEP FRONT
TURN OVER LEFT Þ (L) CHOP (R) BLOCK Þ SWITCH (L) BLOCK (R) CHOP
RIGHT FRONT KICK Þ RIGHT STEP, LEFT STEP Þ (R) STICKING SIDE KICK
SET Þ COME OVER WITH SET (RIGHT HAND CHAMBERED OPEN PALM UP, LEFT HAND KNIFE HAND B
LOCK) Þ SLIDE UP LEAD LEG ROUND KICK ÞSPINNING HOOK
KICK Þ (L) PUNCH (R) BLOCK Þ SPINNING HOOK KICK
PLANT DOWN, (R) BACK KICK Þ STEP FORWARD « LEFT KNEE DOWN « LEFT PUNCH Þ STAND UP
SET Þ (SOFTBOW) DOWNWARD BLOCK Þ
(HARDBOW) (R) UPWARD BLOCK, (L) PUNCH Þ PUNCH TO THE SKY

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Sunday, March 15, 2009

I'm Back. Older and Wider

I've been lax on updating the blog and that's because I've been pouring it on in other areas. Since I posted, I turned fifty-one (March 1st), hurt my back, healed my back, hurt it again, and gained a few pounds. The title of this blog was initially, a typo, perhaps a Freudian typo, but it make me smile so I thought I'd leave it there for you.

And for the record, I'm not much wider but I am, at the moment, paying A LOT of attention to my eating habbits. It seems that what worked at 48, doesn't necessarily work at 51.

The karate highlight of the last few weeks has been running with my 9 yeJohn Edelsonar old. Last weekend, we did a timed run at the dojo and he hit a new mile record of 7:43! On Sunday, we timed a two miler and we did either a 18:30 or a 19:30 (I was using a regular watch and its hard to tell). Most impressively, he's not only comfortable at two miles now but he out-kicked me and won! I stayed right next to him through the run . On the last 30 yards, he added a new faster speeed. He can accelerate faster than me and while given enough time, I could chase him down. In this case, he crossed the line before I caught him. WOW! I've never been so proud. He seems to think that I let him win but he'll figure it out soon.

Todays' big thought: I just read this on a web site and it Spoke to me.

Discover yourself that there is success in everything that fascinates you.

I've spoken to groups and individuals a few times about career choices. I urge people to work hard to discover their interests and then to figure out if it makes sense to convert them into careers. I also urge people with careers, who say that they are unhappy, to find pleasure in what they do. But that's another story. I saw this comment on CareerTales.net.