Saturday, April 12, 2008


That's how the groove is feeling right now.

With a day full of teaching martial arts & a KB workshop at the Inosanto Academy, standing in a long-arsed line to send out taxes, family social appointments, and all sorts of random miscellany, I had no time to do jack other than little GTG-type stuff here & there.

The most KBing I got to do was a modified 4-Play with a 32kg at the workshop. Teaching, while rewarding, is CERTAINLY a very different thing from training. I MISS training in a big way, but I also love the looks on people's faces when they experience the Eureka moments of Hard Style.

A note on yesterday... After wrapping up a busy day at the clinic, I hosted the first KBLA instructors' dinner at EN Sushi in West LA. In addition to clearly spelling out what I felt were some important points of the KBLA mission statement and explaining my expectations for my RKCs, we also celebrated Anton Summers's 21st birthday. We've got a lot to accomplish in the coming years, so I'm glad I got the chance to make sure we're all on the same page.

OK... It's freakin' hot, I'm barely fed, I'm tired, I'm slightly freaked out about the sheer amount of writing work I've got to sign, seal, & deliver by the end of this week, and I'm going to make today my kettlebell Shabbat and go right to bed with a Crown & Ginger.

Tomorrow will be a higher, harder, hotter, and more wicked day of performance & training. Bank on it!

On tap... Taegeuks 1-4, 100 swings (28kg), RKC Snatch test (1 weight class up), and my old UCLA Kung-Fu stretching routine.

The heat made sleep a little hard to achieve for a bit. The result? Late night swing session & a quick shower

1 restless Chinaman + 1 35 lb KB = 100 continuous swings

With a weight so light, why swings?... Simple, swings give you no rest, but they spare the skin of your hands. You have to stay in constant motion. Snatches, on the other hand (no pun intended) allow you to rest at the apex and can shred the skin of your palms if you're not wearing some sort of protection... uh, hand protection, that is.

Guess I got my KBing in after all. The downside? With all the Tui-Na patients I've been seeing this last week, my hands are starting to throb a bit. Better re-think my workout for tomorrow.

1 comment:

Rannoch Donald RKC said...

My dear Friend,

We miss yah!

Glad to see you are back and kickin'. I think that spring is finally in the air! I can sense that metamorphosis starting to happen.

It's been a long winter but the sun came early in the shape of your visit in March.

See you soon...