Whenever I see Kamoshida Shihan standing at the front of the dojo, I know class is going to be tough. Kamoshida Shihan is the head honcho of Kyokushin schools in the Ibaraki area. Apparently he was all kinds of talented in his heyday I think he’s in his fifties now, but he’s still got skills. The classes he teaches can be grueling, but that’s exactly what I want and need right now. I don’t know what it is with me and having perfect timing, but on Saturday, April 2nd I decided to go back to my Kyokushin Karate class after having been absent for months. The day I went back was a special conditioning class no less…GULP!
Part of the reason I decided to go back to class, was to get myself back in shape after finding out during my physical on my third day of ALT training that I had ballooned to 103kg/227 pounds. This is nearly the heaviest I’ve ever been (230 was my max)!! You know how some people say “I don’t know how this happened.” But in my case I know exactly what happened. I stopped going to gym even before the earthquake occurred. Post earthquake, I allowed the gym being closed to serve as a crutch. In the meantime I was eating every type of junk food you can imagine and just blogging…little to no exercise… The other reason is that if I really want to get my kuroobi,くろおび/ 黒帯/or black belt, and be a good one at that, I’m gonna have to put my time and effort into it.
Class started with over 250 squats and that was really made me think “This is just the beginning?!? It’s gonna be a long night.” We did drill/exercise after exercise. My memories from that night were a blur. I have flashes of doing situps while punching ourselves in the stomach, shadowboxing, push-ups, push-up lunges, etc. By the end of class I was winded, sweating, and smiling. I was smiling because in my mind I succeeded. I managed not to yak on Kamoshida Shihan’s dojo floor, and I completed class without passing out. It’s a start…
It’s time to wean myself off of the chocolate, ice cream, sugar, and fat that’s making me a bit sloppy. It’s time for a dose of healthy vegetables, fruits, lean protein, good carbs, and some serious training. I hear some Japanese women say that having a little bit of pudge is cute, but screw that…not for me.
Maybe a good kick in the pants or in the head will get me back on the straight and narrow.