Karate-from bear to wolf

For the last few months (since my grading) I have been training in sanchin/sanzhan every mon,wed,friday and complement it with some form of strength training, mainly variations on pullups. For about 2-3 weeks I have started what I term anti-sanchin training, mainly the areas I need to focus on such as footwork, high kicks, kicking and weapon work. I do this on a tuesday, thursday and a saturday. Its not for long, just so that i gain a habit of doing a little karate everyday, with the focus on me becoming a better fighter.

I have also aimed to stretch a little bit each day, I hate stretching so by making it little and often I should be able to make it part of my life routine.

The other week I tested out the way I wanted to fight against a friend, and he decided to adopt a similar style. Him being naturally faster made it alot harder for me to play to my strengths, they we decided to play to his strengths of long distance fighting. I have a long way to go in this area, as it is outside my comfort zone, but with the footwork I have been working on (what sensei has been trying to teach us and arnis influenced) really helped me alot, I wasn’t just a fish out of its bowl.

The next day my other karate friend opened his garage gym (basically his own mini dojo) and we trained, a bit of sparring and sparring like drills. I was able to adapt the experiments I tested out the day before and refine them, again with my mate being smaller and faster it really helped me to develop in ways that are outside my basic style (which is naturally brawler grab and smash and throw) I am really trying to become more of a technician and combine it with the animal like way I fight.

Then the following monday after fitness we did some sparring, I went against one of the bigger guys at the club. The drills that i had been practicing over the last few weeks came into play, I was able to go into angles and do mini strikes, he is a powerful guy I had to be wary, it was pretty even, but before we changed partners he charged and I gave a beautiful knee punching combo coming off at the side and he shook my hand afterwards pleased with it.

It was really nice and strange to see so much progression in the way I was sparring, all I was thinking about was my footwork and the best ways to go about it, normally I just ignore my feet and think with my fists. It gives me comfort to know that I am slowly  developing the way(s) I feel I need to fight in order to prove why I deserve my full Shodan next year.

I’m not as able to go to as many classes as I like, but I am making more of ¬†conscious effort towards my goal then I ever have before. To learn to fight not as a bear, but as a wolf.


Row chapters 4 and 5

This chapter was harder to write, as i wanted to establish how the world is being effected outside of the Wardens war. It took me a while to write it, but it helped me lead into chapter 5 which is much better written. I wanted to show how the world has turned since the Wardens fell, and how even their rise is causing new problems.

While both chapter 4 and 5 are first drafts, and chapter 4 could use alot of editing, it helped me lead to chapter 5 which established a few new sinister characters. For this reason I decided to post both 4 and 5 at the same time.

Please tell if you think that I no longer need chapter 4. Also the next few chapters will focus back on the Wardens.

I am thinking about writing a scifi story as well, from a first person perspective, not sure when they all will be posted next, but I will put a notice on here.



The flying squirrel

The squirrel flys high,
Gliding from tree to tree,
In search of his nuts,
Predators try to catch him,
But he is swift and cunning, flashing left and right,
Even dropping a nut or two on a foes head,
Climbing up the branches,
He squeals in excitement and arogance,
He sees a female squirrel strutting her stuff,
And falls of the edge of the branch,
He tumbles and turns,
Panicking that he is falling,
Then he spreads his arms,
And glides over the ground,
And catching a wind,
Lands back on his branch,
Only to find out,
That she has his nuts

Sorrow is thy friend

They often say pain is weakness leaving the body,
Then what is sorrow,
It is a change in the state of mind,
Of a loss,
Or something that you haven’t attained,
It is okay to feel sad,
It is okay to cry,
The body needs to release,
To get rid of its pain,
In order to grow stronger,
Emotional pain is as real as physical pain,
But don’t dwell in it thy friend,
For that leads to a lonely journey,
Embrace it for what it is,
A memory or a dream,
Take the moment in your hands,
Take it and overcome it,
You have the power within you,
To become stronger,
To become better,
To become whole,
It may take time,
But believe in yourself,
Believe that not it could,
But it will get better,
As I believe in you

Which do you choose?

To be or not to be,
That is not the question,
To love or to hate,
Now that’s the real world question,
That question is powerful,
It starts wars,
Gives birth to children,
Causes pain,
Brings forth,  forgiveness,
Which to you is more powerful,
To cause harm,
Or to risk your life for another