torsdag 28 juni 2012

Work and workout

With working full time and working out three times a week I have noticed a major difference in food intake. To be able to function the whole day I need to eat about every third hour. I have struggled a bit with the afternoons with finding a good snack that will keep me up and going until I get home and can make dinner.

But I have finally found the solution. When I bring lunch to work I try to bring a bit more than one portion, so that I can save some for later. If I buy food at work, I make a sandwich to bring back to my work station. This strategy seems to work well, but I still need to make dinner almost immediately when I get home, otherwise I risk cutting my fingers on the kitchen knife due to low blood sugar.

I have also started taking a 30 minute nap after I have had dinner to save up some energy for my workouts. This has also meant that I now feel more rested when I wake up in the mornings and can tackle the day better.

For the next three weeks though I will need to get up a bit earlier to catch the bus, and will also arrive home later in the afternoons. It will be interesting to see if I can cope with this change and still keep up with my training. So I will have to get up at around 5 am, and will come home around 5.30 pm... All because of bad bus connections between the two towns.

I'm still struggling with gaining weight. I seem to be stuck between 52.5 kilos to 53.5 kilos. Last week I started drinking protein shakes after workout. Lets see if that helps a bit.

My plan for the summer has worked out really great though. I have started to see and feel a big difference in strength, and my problem muscles has become less tense. I still have some knots to "foam roll" a bit more to get them to loosen up. But I'm starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

If weather permits, maybe I'll try myself on some kata training during the weekend! Am feeling a longing for training karate again!

lördag 23 juni 2012

Konjou Karate on Facebook

Just a quick note that you can now follow me on Facebook! There I will post blog updates, pictures, videos and other mini updates. So please join me on

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lördag 16 juni 2012

Mythbusters tests an old samurai saying

Last week Jamie and Adam in Mythbusters tested out an old samurai saying:

"The one who moves first, loses"

The way they tested it was by using whacking each other in the head with shinais while wearing kendo protecting gear. The one to start was selected by random, and the other has to react as quick as possible to try to be the first to hit the other persons head.

I don't believe this is what the saying meant. Usually these types of saying has some philosophical meaning. For instance, karate was never meant to be a martial art to beat people up. It's for self defence, which means you are not intended to do the first move.

And yes, I know, samurai's didn't know karate but rather kendo and judo/ju-jitsu, and some other martial arts (please correct me if I'm wrong). But testing this myth with already drawn swords with two novice kendo practitioners, that had only learned the basics of one strike, is not really the way of testing this myth. Although I'm not really sure how to do it either.

In a kata I got to try out during an aikido training, one person was supposedly the student, doing big swings with the bokken, and the other being the teacher, tapping every attack out of the way and "winning" at the end. In this case the first person to move didn't win, but actually reinforces the samurai saying.

I would love for Mythbusters to revisit this myth and get more in to the root of the samurai way and their martial arts to get a more accurate understanding of this myth, and perhaps they'll get another result?

Picture from the Mythbusters episode.

söndag 10 juni 2012

Mixing and matching

Usually when I plan a training session for the youths I try to keep kata and kumite separate. I don't like to have them both in the same training session. Both because I only have one hour every Thursday with them, and because I feel they are in a way two different mindsets.

In kumite you get the adrenaline pumping in the body, if you then switch to kata you still have those hormones running crazy in the body and the kata will be stressed and not as precise as if you would have kept to kata from the beginning. Although I do like to combine both kata and kumite with kihon. The reason is that if you have good kihon you get good techniques both in kata and kumite and you learn which way the body should rotate to get the right power.

My mind gets really disturbed if I go from kata to kumite (or vice versa) in one training session. This does not mean I don't like to have bunkai in a kata session. Quite the opposite. Bunkai is the dissection of the kata, and we learn more from the kata by performing its bunkai. But the kumite that we usually practice in my club is more of the sport karate than anything else. Which is understandable, but I do like the traditional part of kata and bunkai better as it's more self defence.

If I do go from kata to kumite during a training I feel myself out of balance and not at all as ready to spar with my partner. For me it's two different types of concentrations in them. I'm not sure I can explain it, as I haven't reflected much over it. But it just feels different. I will write more on the subject when I've had time to reflect more...

Picture by: Eivor Mathilde

lördag 2 juni 2012

Picture Project

As I have said earlier, this summer is about gaining strength and muscle mass. Next week I'm going to make a training plan to divide up the different exercise areas and the intensity. My thoughts now are to keep the long session for the weekend and then make shorter ones two or three times during the week.

Connecting to this project I have today started another one, together with a friend. She is trying to lose weight, and I'm trying to gain muscles. So even if we are on different ends of the scale, we still have similar goals, to become more healthy. We are going to take pictures of ourselves and send it to each other. This is so we both can see any type of progression, and also support each other in our projects.

I don't know if I will post my pictures here. Maybe if I see that there's an interest in seeing my progression in picture form, instead of just a written one I'll do it.