tisdag 29 januari 2013

Judge/Referee workshop 2013

Last weekend three of our clubs judges headed up to Oslo for the annual judge/referee workshop held by the referee committee. During the three days we went through the new changes in the rules, went through some new situations in kumite, and discussed our different roles at competitions.

I must honestly say I learned more at last years workshop, though that could be because this was all new to me. Though it was good to run through the new changes. We had some healthy discussions about both kumite and kata that will make the difference in progression. I feel I'm starting to train my eyes on what to look for. But I'm still really fresh and need a lot more practice.

January 25th was the deadline to sign up for the Norwegian Championship. I haven't signed up this year due to many reasons I will not bring up here.

fredag 18 januari 2013

Not done yet

Nope, I'm not done!

Since the beginning of December I have had a knot under my left foot (on the inside of the big toes pad). This has made me walk a bit crooked, and of course my hip started acting up due to this. I went to the doctor with the foot before Christmas and got a gel to put on that removed the soreness but nothing else. I was hoping it would be gone before the first training in January, but alas no... The knot has made me not being able to train 100% in the dojo, because the knot somehow sticks to the matt. So when I do twists and turns the knot shoot up antagonising pain straight through my foot!

So this Monday I went back to my doctor, and he wants me to get an MRI on the foot to see what it is we're dealing with. Sadly it's 11 weeks waiting, which means I will probably have the knot this whole semester.

Not good news! I do not really look forward to taking my black belt exam on a bum foot... But if I have to, I guess I'll just suck it up and go for it.

And yesterday I went to my chiropractor, and she agreed with me that it's the foot that makes me compensate and give me hip problems yet again. Apparently my body is not a Prada- body (chiropractors words, not mine!), which means my body is not really up to scratch and is extra sensitive. So it reacts faster to change than perhaps other bodies do.

During last nights training I tried wearing Budo shoes to put less pressure on the foot. It worked better than I had hoped. I never once got any pains during training, the knot was just a bit extra sore afterwards. That I can deal with :)

Without these adventures, life would be boring!

Picture by: Sofia Danielsson

söndag 6 januari 2013

2012 recap

Well everyone else seems to have written one of these, so why not me too eh? :)

The start of 2012 has been a continuous uncertainty about my hip and my general strength. Spring was all about starting over again and finding what works for me. I found a pretty good pace, but still couldn't participate as much as I wanted.

In January I became a certified Judge in karate and participated at the Workshop later that month and in March at the Norwegian Championship, judging my very first competition! I also took a children's activity weekend course to learn more about pedagogy and also to get more ideas to my youth trainings.

At the end of spring I started working full time for the first time in my life. It was tough on my body and mind starting work early, ending it late and then have the energy to go train in the evenings. But I soon found a balance that worked for me.

Summer was all about strength training and foam rolling for me. Three times a week I did my exercises, ending it with stretching and massaging (foam roller = best buy 2012!) This made me come over a big hurdle. My hip muscles started working as they should, I felt stronger and more stable when lifting things. My posture was getting more and more perfect!

Training started in August, and now karate seemed to help me more than being a hindrance. I felt more explosive in my techniques, I had gotten more balance in my kata. And most important of all, I could feel the right muscles being used more and more! I could participate more at training taking fewer and shorter breaks.

Then I got the stubborn virus in September, and I was sick for two weeks and had to use a third week to recuperate! I had no energy to do more than I had to at work, so there was not much energy left for training. Even walking the dog was tiresome!

Straight after I started a new job, learning new things yet again that drained my energy from training more than at the dojo. This time it took longer for me to find a good energy balance (am still not sure if I've found it yet), and some nights I had trouble sleeping, having to get up and eat several times a night.

During the autumn I also participated in the Trainer 1 Part 2 weekend course. I now only miss part 1 before I have taken all courses for Trainer 1. These are basic courses that are recommended for all trainers to take. I will take part 1 some time during this spring.

I feel I could have done more strength training during the autumn, but so many energy draining things happened I just had to let my body rest before I did anything else.

Some of the troubles are still here for 2013. Yes, my muscles has become stronger and my hip is getting better. But I still have to build more strength and stretch out my hip muscles. Not to become more flexible but so that it won't become stale so that I will injure myself again.

I've been preparing for my black belt exam since last exam a year ago. I'm feeling more and more prepared, but I still need to work on my strength and get my endurance up a couple of notches!

The plan is still to continue with my strength exercises (more than I did in the autumn), and do cardio once either every other week or every week. I have to see what my energy level tells me.

Pictures by: Sofia Danielsson, Eivor Mathilde