I went into Thursday’s training with a much improved frame of mind. A year of surgery and injury recovery had left me with an overly tentative approach that bordered on scared. I wasn’t investing myself fully in the classes and, instead, was just trying to get through them uninjured.
Goal: Be mentally and physically prepared for a Kobukai Jujitsu black belt test in July 2012.
- For the second morning, I started the day with three sets of 50 sit-ups and 20 curls in my basement.
- Attended Kobukai’s 90-minute class. The class started with about twenty minutes of warm-ups, stretching and ukemi. For the next 40-minutes, we worked on techniques demonstrated to us by Shihan St. Hilaire. My partner was Big Dave. I spent the last thirty minutes doing jujutsu technique drills with Jim. We did pretty well following Shihan’s call and spent lots of time working on a rolling hiza gatame (a.k.a., knee bar).
- My mental focus was very good. I stayed positive and worked hard throughout the class.
- I was in meetings all day at work and had class in the early evening. This didn’t allow for any extra studying outside class.
- Weight was 198.7 this afternoon. Interesting that my weight would drop almost four pounds in 24 hours.
- Thumb improving after yesterday’s cortisone shot but still not 100%.
- My legs felt weak doing the repeated sprawls. I really need to get back to hiking but I haven’t had the interest since Ben died last April.
- Big test will be getting in good exercise over the weekend.