Thursday, January 29, 2009


Guy gave us some heat today about not focusing properly on what we were doing. If you allow your concentration to fail in the middle of a drill, he said, you will do it in freeplay. When training, you should do drills until you decide to stop doing drills, and NOT stop with your brain shutting down. Now, as a person who routinely struggles with her brain dropping threads randomly, I thought I'd share a couple of my survival tricks.

First: count reps. Decide that you're going to do, say, five reps; then count them as you go, saying the number of the rep to yourself for the duration of the rep.

Second: count or name actions or guard positions. It is actually very useful for learning, too, to identify each guard position or action as you move through it. But if you can't remember the names, numbers will do. So will swish-ding-bash-broing (that's first drill in Auri-ese).

Third: imagine you're someone else, someone you admire. Mace Windu wouldn't vaguely wave his sword at an opponent, he'd be focused, he'd be competent, he'd be mean! Otherwise he would have his arms cut off and be thrown out of a window. (No, wait...) Luke Skywalker wouldn't whine about how tired he was or how heavy the sword was. (Um. I clearly need to work on these examples some more ;)

Fourth: imagine you have an audience. Either you're doing your drill in front of a roomful of people, or someone you really want to impress, like your significant other or, well, Luke Skywalker or someone, is watching.

In exchange, can someone please give some pointers about how not to keep zoning out while standing around, listening and watching?

When 900 years old you age, piss as nice, you will not - hmm?

Yoda wet himself today. I had put my Yoda backpack on the floor at the salle while I took off my shoes, and when I picked him up again, the floor was wet and so was Yoda's behind. The telltale smell of herbal medicine wafted through the salle. I find that scent somehow... apt.

Five push-ups

Unbelievably, I've been able to execute a total of five push-ups correctly: first two, then three more. And I mean correctly: only hands and toes touching the floor, the body straight and only the arms bending. No nodding, no butt-rise, no anything. Go me!

After all, I've only been doing "push-ups" for five and a half years...

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Fiore segno animals in the Bible

I'm sure this is blindingly obvious to any good Christian who studies his/her Bible, but this passage from Proverbs (30:29-31) is news to me:

29 There be three things which go well, yea, four are comely in going:

30 A lion which is strongest among beasts, and turneth not away for any;

31 A greyhound; an he goat also; and a king, against whom there is no rising up.

Interesting collection, no? Lion, greyhound, the lynx with his crown... We're still missing the elephant, unless he's masquerading as a ram. But hey, the ram and the elephant are both symbols of Christ. Of course so are quite a few other animals...