Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Is It Wednesday Yet?

I'm really enjoying the boxing/kickboxing classes on Wednesday. I'm still (until February) only doing boxing, not kickboxing, to allow my knee to continue recovering from ACL reconstruction surgery. But the silver lining is my hand work and body movement really needed much more work than my kicking, so now I get to work on them in spades.

One thing I'm looking for: When I'm facing a banger, I look for him to set, and then I move to the side. I realized it even works a bit against Gumba Frank. He's great at keeping distance, and a fabulous counter-puncher. But when he wants to come in for the attack, he plants himself--and that allows me to move to the side and out of his line of attack.

A couple teens in my class (who are a minority on Wednesday night) have gotten bigger, stronger and better than before I had my ACL injury, which is cool to see. I was boxing a bit with a boy who's in my daughter's Spanish class, he's improved so much, it's wonderful.

5 comments:

Kevin Quinley said...

Bob,

Great blog! Keep it up! I applaud your spunk in taking up martial arts at your age. I look forward to future posts and have bookmarked your site.

Kevin Quinley
Fairfax, VA

BobSpar said...

Thanks, Kevin. I actually spent much of my childhood near you, mostly in McLean, VA, a town that's changed greatly in the past few decades.

Good luck with your blog.

BobSpar

Kevin Quinley said...

Bob,

You have perhaps THE perfect name for a martial artist -- Bob SPAR!! I know of a wrestling guy named Matt Furey -- perfect name for a grappler. Yes, McLean is the toney high-end area (or one of them) here in the DC area. Good luck on your rehab.

Kevin Quinley

John Downing said...

Great Blog Bob! I recently returned to Shotokan Karate at age 41 after a 23 year "pause"!

Like many "middle aged martial artists", my return was prompted by my kids who can now "spar" cicles around me!

BobSpar said...

Osu, John, welcome back!

I envy that your kids are taking karate. I can't get anybody from my family into martial arts.

As for sparring with your kids: Age and guile, man, age and guile.