Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Buddy Night

It's "Bring a Friend to Martial Arts Class" week. Tuesday night, I brought my buddy Steve, who was more of an athlete than I was in our youth (we met as adults). He's a bit younger than me, though firmly in middle age. I thought he might enjoy punching something for stress relief.

Steve's visit helped me realize how far I've come. He said the class was a lot more physical effort than he expected. In two hours of tennis, he thinks he burns only 75% of the calories he burned in an hour of core karate class.

Starting off (after stretches) with 55 push-ups and a minute of sit-ups was tough. Then the punching and kicking drills, both shadow boxing and hitting mits, began to wear him out.

We were paired up to work together. Halfway through the class, he told me, "You're trying to kill me, I can tell." I told him, "Yeah, your wife put me up to it," and he got a long laugh out of that. (Or else he used it as an excuse to rest a bit.) I kept urging him to slow down, but he mostly wouldn't. Later, he said he was afraid he was going to throw up a few times.

After working on some close-range defensive moves, we finished with more sit-ups, and with those leg drills where you lie on your back, point your legs up to the ceiling, and your partner shoves your legs down to the floor.

When I drove him home, before he got out of the car, he shook my hand and said, "Thanks for inviting me. I'm never going to do this again."

Then after exiting the car with some difficulty, he spotted his teenage son and cried out, "Help me into the house!"


Anonymous said...

I was interested to read about your ACL surgery and return to karate class. I am a 5th degree black belt in Okinawa Kenpo and had ACL surgery on May 15th. I just recently started teaching again but am not allowed to kick until Thanksgiving. I am still working on strengthening my leg. We practice alot of kata and I am anxious to pivot again.

BobSpar said...

Good luck with your recovery--I'm glad you're back teaching already. I have a very cautious surgeon (which has its pluses and minuses), and I may be older than you, so my return to class was longer. I'm hoping to begin kicking in the next month to six weeks.

Michele said...

I am glad to hear that you will be kicking soon. At 12 weeks my surgeon shook my hand and told me to call if I ever needed him again. He was very supportive of my surgery and my return to karate. He wanted me to wait a little longer before I returned to teaching but I am starting slowly. I am still working on my extention I have 2 more degree to go until I match my other leg (-4). I also need to gain more strength in my leg. I have been told that it will take a long time before I am able to kneel properly. Good luck in your recovery and your martial arts journey!

BobSpar said...

Thanks so much, Michele, and good luck in yours! I was also told the kneeling is about the last thing to come.