Drafting a copy of the single pair of karate pants I own, so I can sew myself a second pair.
I have successfully earned my green belt in Krav Maga… although I aggravated my already-injured right quad muscle during tonight’s test. Let’s just say I’m glad I’m done with class for the week.
My husband bought me a weighted bag for my birthday last month. Still trying to figure out the best time to make use of it, since sounds in the basement can echo through the whole house.
Didn’t feel like doing Krav Zoom class this evening. Did it anyway. Usually that feels like a good decision in the end, but today’s class was a surprise Fitness Challenge. Now my back hurts, my arms are shaky, and I feel nauseated.
Waiting for class. Jimmy John’s Unwich + grapes for dinner. Connor is done with his class and is playing his tablet in the back hallway. I’m sitting on the bench in the front lobby area, feeling tired after a day of intense problem-solving at work.
Not feeling like kicking butt tonight, but I know I’ll enjoy myself once I’m doing it.
Update, 9:30pm: Got sweaty, got to kick butt, and got my butt kicked. Good class (of course). Glad I went. Am now showered and chilling quietly with a snack before bed.
Yeah, yeah, that was good.
I put so much effort into tonight’s Krav Maga class that I nearly threw up… but I stuck it out for just 90 more seconds, and I made it through just fine. Shaky and exhausted, but generally fine.
Earned the first stripe on my yellow belt last night! This is also my first stripe of Black Belt Training Club (BBTC), which is essentially my long-term commitment to Krav Maga.
I’m discovering that I’m in pretty decent shape for a middle-aged former fatty. I can get a round kick up to my opponent’s head level, and my flexibility and stamina are both improving.
Feeling pretty awesome.
I’ve decided to back down to one Krav Maga class per week, since the classes can run past my son’s regular bedtime. Since the Fitness Center at my work had a Kickboxing class on the schedule for today, I decided to do that today and Krav on Wednesday.
I didn’t expect this class to kick my ass so hard. I used it as an opportunity to practice proper form — mostly pivoting on my back foot on crosses and hooks — but I hadn’t taken into account how FAST the moves happen. The cardio sections the instructor put in between drills and combos were my chance to lower my heart rate.
I was pleased to note how many of my Krav habits are automatic now: keeping my hands up by my face, pivoting on crosses and hooks, remembering to exhale (even if I don’t kiai), turning my foot sideways on a side kick, and managing to turn on the intensity when warranted — even if I’m beat and in danger of overheating.
I spent a good amount of time in a cold shower after class, cooling down my core.
I feel good right now, on several levels.
I earned my second stripe today! When I got home after class, my husband joked that I’m a second degree white belt now.
In one more month, I test for my yellow belt. Hope I can work up to ten full push-ups by then…