This is a post I meant to get around to fleshing out earlier, and now it feels a little out of date. But I think the other blogs I link to are great resources and additional food for thought, so here is an abbreviated and modified form of the post I had intended to make.
I have been reading a sort of trend recently in blog posts and ideas. I notice this once in a while - everyone seems to be thinking the same thing, or at least along the same lines. I am myself no different, having a lot of food for thought after the grading.
At any rate, here are some posts are the importance of regular daily fitness and practice:
It makes me think about doing Sanchin thrice a day, plus another kata to boot. The problem is, since the grading, we have been focusing on new Chinese forms, othewise I would have my hands full with Suparinpei (probably the longest and most complicated form I have ever seen).
But I also want a softer result, so I have been thinking about Tensho, Bafa (a Chinese form I have been doing the last few years, with a strong similarity to Tensho - if I had a video of anyone but me doing it, I would post it), or Qigong three times a day, plusa kata like Kururunfa. But then I realized I should just alternate between all forms. This has also got me thinking about the order in which we practice our kata, and those used in other schools. Perhaps another post on this in the future...
Again the importance of flexibility and relative bodyweight based strength. I prefer to focus on calisthenics and yoga-like movements when I do my own workouts. I used to do more of it, but for the last year I haven't quite found the time to do this regularly. Its something I want to start up again with my missus - perhaps the local YMCA would be a good route.
Solo Training Regimens
Here are some good examples of regular training schedules. I need to look at what basics I want to work, how often, and then ensure this is a part of regular training. I think people tend to forget the basics when practicing, or at least I do. I tend to work forms when I have time, but a good session of basic techniques wouldn't hurt. This also raises some ideas for me in regards to why some techniques are not in our kata - answer is obvious - they came after! So begins my quest to create a form where I can practice these techniques not in the core set.
I need to include some karate-focused health/fitness and conditioning into my own regular (outside of class) workouts. Not just simply calisthenics. This comes back to modifying my workout to include conditioning drills, but this usually means I need some equipment. As I mentioned, I prefer minimal equipment. Plus living in a condo limits the equipment I can have. Perhaps a portable makiwara-type pad that I can tie to a tree and use at the park? This bears further consideration and research. If others have an idea, please pass me along a hint. ;)
Kitchen Kung Fu
Last but not least, I need to set a better regime for nutrition in place. After the grading, I have relaxed my training a bit, and I felt somewhat lacking. It doesn't help I had a recent birthday and my mom decided it was a great time to give me homemade, real cream, cake to take home. As a rule, I don't normally allow myself much in the way of sweets at home, so I will be less tempted. I have since tried to reduce all other forms of sweets that I partake in, but the Christmas season provides no end of opportunities to cheat.
*sigh* At the very least, I will start eating oatmeal for breakfast, ensure I have my daily apple/fruit, and focus on veggies for lunches and suppers (I find it easier to base my meals around vegetables to decrease the amount of poor choices I make).