fight in the face of adversity

so in the last few posts i've talked about my impending 1st gup grading- how ready i am, dealing with my back injury, sparing etc.

For me i always find memory retention the hardest part of a grading- anything like improvised self defence and sparring is easy, i don't have to "learn" anything, i just react and do.

helping others helps yourself...sometimes!

i get so much out of helping instruct other people, i learn the technique in more detail as i find ways to help others learn, i get to go back to basics and help consolidate things i hadn't thought about in a while, and it is rewarding to see others pick things up and start thinking about their martial arts.


but it does come at a price!

MA's reflect life

Nothing is in isolation in this world.

It would appear that i held what i percieved genuinly experienced and balanced martial artist as above pettiness and ego driven pursuits like being argumentative purely for the sake of it, or to drive their own ego-bus.

back in the running

So my back is slowly improved enough to actually look at my next grading.

I wasn't going to consider it as there is big sparring requirement and i wasn't prepared to risk it while it still feels quite unstable. So when i was asked on Saturday when i wanted to grade i brought this point up with the Master. He said he'd grade me then and there and was prepared to fore go the sparring componant due to the many bouts i've had in the last 18 months- in particular, those i've had for other peoples gradings.

back again, back again!

it feels like i am on a constant treadmill at the moment; a very challenging year it has been because of injury.

train, grade, injury (not at TKD, just living life!), recovery, re condition, train, grade, injury...yeah, you get the cycle.


so for the 3rd time this year my back has packed it in!

Only starting to understand now..

It's funny how when you start a Martial Art, and I am sure many of you go through the same thing, that it realy takes years to truly understand certain aspects of it.  I mean I have been doing Karate for 3 and a half years collectively now and I am only now starting to understand things such as:

Loss of a good friend and wonderfull person!

Well, I know that what I am about to share with you all has nothing to do with Martial Arts. But seeing as I feel that you are all like family I thought I would share it anyway.

Grading June

Well done to family and myself for grading this month. We all graded on different days due to cicumstances but graded non the less!
Andries - Black Stripe of White Belt
Monique & Nikita - Senior Yellow Belt
Gert - Senior Orange Belt
Angie - Senior Blue Belt
Myself - 2nd Senior Brown Belt

i get knocked down...but i get up again

missed training last night due to a heavy head cold; no biggy, but annoying.
Saturday i went through all of the stuff for my next grading- i could do it any time now as i know all of the components- but i over did it a bit and am so sore in the hamstrings it is hard to walk today!


Wow, I missed this place!! I was away for quite a while now, been busy with my big girls and exams. We haven't even been to class for the last 2 weeks! It has been very bad for me not to go but I feel kids education is fara more important at this stage.
We even missed our grading on the 29th of May!!! But it's ok, we are going to hopefully grade this week. So SUPER DUPER EXCITED to get back to training, to see my Sensei and to get back into training mode! I feel weak and I am sick at the moment, I need my fix of Martial Arts to get me back into shape of body and shape of mind!!!


 last month was amazing. not only did i grade to red belt, but at a social dinner an announcment was made (unbeknownst to all present)  for the 2012 Dragons. This is our clubs highest honour, only 2 are awarded a year, and it isn't done every year if the Master doesn't feel it is warranted. It isn't just about being a good martial artist, it is about attitude, commitment to the club, helpfulness and just overall development personally as well as with your martial arts.

June 2012 - George Ledyard Sensei - Aikido Seminar

Fri, Jun 01, 2012 at 7:00 pm to Sun, Jun 03, 2012 at 4:00 pm MST
Mesa, Arizona

Ready or Not?? Grading - 29 May 2012

So last night at class, Sensei hands us our Grading forms. I was like ok, I don't think I am ready to grade again and so soon.


I have been in some form of martial arts training since I was 8 and have been doing tournaments for as longs as I can remember.


I was sitting down to plan the tournament for the end of the year for our students.

Local Championship - Kumite 26 May 2012

So the kata championship is done and dusted and we all did well. Now for the scary part, kumite.

Life sometimes gets in the way

after the debarcle of my mental meltdown it was great to walk out of the Dojang on Saturday with my red belt. What a trial it has been over the last 4 months to get to that point!

NASKA MA Tournament 2012 Winners (Orlando, FL)

First off, we would like to thank everyone for competing in our international tournament and contributing a great deal. We appreciated all the help and your participation.

Falling off a mountain.

Monday night was D-day for my red belt.

The Best Sensei in the World!

Well as it happens to the best of us, my hubby was retrenched and now is without a job.

tonights the night! or "learning how to wait that little bit longer!"

well, did the sparring componant to my 2nd gup gradding on Thursday night, pretty solid session against an senior chodanbo and a blue belt. both hard blokes but good fun and very physical but fair.

An Amazing Escrima Experience!

Today in escrima class we had a special guest. Being new in the art of ecrima, my excitement was high!!!

Our Home Dojo - Additions

We have created our own home dojo and it's coming along nicely. We have a boxing bag and tyre mounted to our wall and plan on adding a makiwara next.

Local Championship - 12 May 2012 (Kata, Group Kata, Weapons Kata)

Wow, things are moving fast now! Just completed the Kata Bonanza and now already got word of our championship coming up! This championship is only for Individual Kata, Group Kata and Weapons Kata.

challenges and the long term

life is all about daily challenges; talking to a friend this morning who is having a hard time with his x the mother of his child he reminded me that he keeps it all in perspective due to the knowledg