Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Wansu and Chinto Kata, and other stuff

Got the Wansu kata memorized, and have started work on the Chinto kata. Workouts are still going well. Last night was my back workout: Lat pulldowns, seated row, shrugs, deadlifts, and triceps pushdowns, each exercise done for three sets to muscle failure in each set, around 6-10 reps, without sacrificing attention to form. Today, my traps are pleasantly sore.

I am now in Week 7 of my workout regimen. I'm still growing like crazy, and at the same time, getting RIPPED!! My clothes are all fitting differently and I feel GREAT!!
Monday night, in karate, we pulled out all of the Bobs and punching bags/stations, and went freestyle for one minute at each station. I went to throw a right front snap-kick and jammed my big toe. A few minutes later, on a different bag, I did it again... Holy crap, that hurt!! It's been tender and swollen, but I don't think it's broken. I still have good range of motion with it, and it doesn't hurt to bear weight, so I think it'll heal up on its own.

On Saturdays, before our freestyle class, we've been going through Hock Hoccheim's Close Combat drills, and he's going to be holding a seminar at our dojo on the last weekend of this month. I'm looking forward to that. Those of us who are in this first group/class, will be the instructors for future classes, so we're being worked hard and we're training hard. The classes cover hand, knife, stick, and gun tactics, and borrow tactics from martial arts, law enforcement, and elite military combat training. (SF and SEALs, mainly)

All in all, I'm very satisfied with my progress in all three areas. I'm doing a lot of training at home in addition to my weight training, and it's starting to pay off in my balance, flexibility, and speed.


  1. Wow! You sound all upbeat and enthusiastic, that kind of thing's catching you know - be warned! :-)

  2. Congrats on all your progress so far, Frank! It's great getting into better shape, isn't it? I notice changes like that everywhere. When my body gets up in the morning, when I walk up or down a flight of stairs, heck even the way I sit down is different, now that I'm in much better shape. It's a great feeling. :)

    I'm working on forms myself, slowly slogging my way through our last open handed form. We go through about one new movement or technique a week, and spend the rest of the time doing many drills that incorporate them. Unlike the other two, the movements in this form leave me sore in really weird spots. Today, my armpits and hips are sore for some reason. Think you'll post a video on the new kata you're working on?

    Hope your toe heals up okay!

  3. You have been busy! Wansu and Chinto are two of my favorite kata. Hope your toe feels better!

  4. Congrats!! Chinto is a lot of fun!

  5. Excellent!! Sorry I've been gone for a bit. More on that in an upcoming blog. :-)

    Jimmy, continued good luck with your forms. I will try to get a vid of the Wansu, but I'm still working on refining it, and I still haven't begun work on the Chinto, yet. LOL

    The toe is fine, now. It hurt like crazy for about a week, but it's been fine. :-)

    Thanks, everyone!