Slowly Does it!

Things in life happen that seem to be setbacks and oftentimes they affect your karate training. Just this past week I was in a vehicle accident that has left me feeling like I rowed the Kyle (famous NL ship) single-handedly in the Regatta boat races! In seeing the Dr. and then a chiropractor to get realigned, my mind drifted a little to how this would affect my training. But Jeff Hutchingsin thinking about this a bit I recalled Sensei Lee saying something about doing kata in a ‘Tai Chi’ kind of way. Hmmm…

So, last night, down in my rec room, I went through Jion and Kanku Dai in a deliberately slow, extended manner, drawing out every move to full extent, but without any shock or high impact. The focus was on posture and on breathing, and my kicks simply became isometric, high knee lifts. ‘This,’ I thought to myself ‘is really good training!’

I’m not sure how long it will be before I can do Jodan Roundhouses again, but I feel like I’m still training. In slowly flowing through my Kata I feel connected, and I’m actually picking up on things that I otherwise might not have.

I guess if Karate is truly in you, you always find a way…