Kishi

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  1. Kishi

    Osu

    Hey there guys. It's been brought to my attention that I didn't have a Battle Log. I figured it was time to change that. So, a bit about me for those of you who haven't met me before: I'm Kishi. I'm a martial artist specializing in Kenkojuku-Ryu Shotokan, a type of Karate. My sensei wants me to get into Judo as well, but I've got enough on my plate that I don't feel good pursuing that just yet. I'm a calisthenics guy not necessarily due to choice, and my martial arts force me to develop a lot of other athletic qualities, such that I'm not really a strength guy or an endurance guy. I'm kind of both. I have a lot of reasons for doing what I do, and I was pursuing my goals before I ever even found this place. I've talked about them before. But these reasons have changed in the past as well, and I suspect they'll change again. Since the end of last challenge, I've been taking it easier. I wound up with some overuse problems, some acute muscle soreness that has only been exacerbated due to certain movements I've performed. Lately I've been focusing on the Trifecta as detailed in CC2, and developing my handstand using the free protocol over at GMB. It's been good, but I'm getting an itch to start training again, and I reckon I'll post my deeds here before the night is out. Since I pigged out on junk food and drove my body fat percentage back up by a full point, I've decided to go Primal with a single Cheat Day every Sunday. It's an intentional thing, no worries. I had a feeling it might happen this way. Starting today, as of 9 AM, I weighed in at 181.5, at 15.3% body fat according to a BI scan. It's not the most accurate, but it does reduce user error on my end, so at least it's not wrong on my account. So. Here we are. And here we go.
  2. Kishi

    Simple & [Sloth]-like

    Hope your back is feeling better!
  3. Kishi

    Teirin shows up

    It means more than you think. Being read and supported makes a big difference to me, and I always appreciate it whenever I find that someone's stopped by. So thank you for that. I'm glad to see that there's been progress on your goals. I hope it continues and that your feet do better and the game stuff does well.
  4. Kishi

    Mistr sets up the new Normal

    Do iiiiiit. Worst case, it shows everyone how much they've been leaning on you and foments a discussion about the division of labor in your household. God that sounds nice. We get so few opportunities to do that down here, so I always like to do that when I can. Glad to hear that the to-do list is helping and that you're getting done what you want to! And yeah, don't stress about training. You'll find your way back to it. Try to get some more sleep and see if the extra energy doesn't make training happen.
  5. Kishi

    A Druid's Battle Log

    Well, can't rush quality work, right? And hey, at least you're working on yours. Mine's not even off the ground into draft form yet.
  6. Kishi

    Onward

    Sounds ambitious! But totally doable. Kind of reminds me of some of Ross Enamait's programs that I used to do way back in the day. It'll be good stuff. Travel your miles and recover well.
  7. Kishi

    Osu

    Monday turned out to be a very restful day. Went out and gamed and had a good time. I dunno if I mentioned this but we've transitioned to playing The Dark Eye, which is Germany's answer to D&D. My character managed to distinguish herself very well and earned lots of xps for that. The only bad part about yesterday is that I overestimated how much time I had to work with things and by the time I got down it was Late O'clock. Meaning I got up at Late O'clock, late enough that I'm not going to make karate tonight. Bugger. But given how overemphasized training has become in my life, I'm choosing to see this as a blessing instead. Instead of killing myself for OT, I'll leave, gym, hit the heavy bag and record myself, and then work on cleaning up more than just my kitchen. Or at least, that's what I'm telling myself.
  8. Kishi

    ATLA: Treva pounds it out in the Earth Kingdom

    I have to admit, that does sound really good. Good for you. It's wise to rebuild things from time to time as necessary. Hopefully the new routine lets you stay with your family and let you get the results you want. And fencing in the future! After 28 hours awake? Yeah. I don't think anyone would do well presenting with complicated medical info. Presentation in general is complicated enough with full night's sleep! Yeah. This sounds like a good place to be. I guess you do have to keep going on your rotations and such, but it's always good to find an area of practice that you like. Hopefully you get to come back, unless an opportunity for the Dream Practice comes along.
  9. Kishi

    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    A mix of positive and negative developments, sounds like. I'm glad to hear that Instacart looks promising, but I'm sorry to hear about the phone argument. And seriously, cat hair is a sort of exotic matter that just defies explanation.
  10. Kishi

    Chemgeek rests in Valinor

    Just glad to hear it was caught in time to mitigate the damage.
  11. Kishi

    Osu

    Yup. Felt the power of the Dark Side on that one. Yup. Everyone's training. Uke has to learn to take the technique and take it well. That's a kind of practice all on its own. Still, I managed to cut the guy and make him bleed, and I felt pretty bad for that. It gets into one of those weird responsibility spaces where I'm responsible for hitting him with the technique, and he's responsible for how he got hit by the technique. Who's at fault? I don't really know. But he didn't blame me and that wound up about as well as it was going to, I think. Yup. That's one of the things about boxing. They have pretty hands and excellent head movement, but the sport allows them to get away with a lot of things that you couldn't get away with if you were taking kicks. Which is a thing that happens. Same! I like it there a lot. Yeah. Whew. Was really nervous, especially since it was a new recipe that I'd not made before. But it worked out! One hopes. The dude's going out to test for his black belt in Hapkido; you'd think with all The Deadly they're supposed to have that he'd be paranoid and good about taking this kind of stuff. Oh well. * Friday to Sunday. What a weekend. Good stuff, but busy. Okay. Friday was a fight night at the dojo. It was mostly dojo students, but it was open to other schools stopping by and so we did have some additional students from other dojo stopping by. It was a blast. I haven't had a chance to throwdown with people in a harder context like that in years. I went a few round with Ky-sensei, and that man is not soft. He's - and really everyone - are going to be a good opportunity to learn to practice getting off-center and circling out to the side. I let myself get intimidated, though. It's not necessarily his size, although he's a head taller and hard. It's more to do with the fact that I'm used to circling away from the crossing hand, and he was remarkably deceptive, always switching up his cross hand with every move he made. Of course, looking back at it now, I was foolish. This style functions way closer, and the closer you get to an opponent, the more sense it makes to square up, because you don't want to give the opponent your back and it's easier for them to take it if you're already partway turned. He came in square, so every time he took a step, his hands would shift. Which makes sense if you're square. But the thing I should have remembered was, when you're squared up like that, the cross loses power. If you're punching from your feet, then the distance your force is generated over makes a given blow stronger, which is why a bladed stance makes sense at distance. You square up, you get stable, but you trade away some power in the process. Meaning I could have circled any way I wanted and got out of his way. Even if I'd eaten a cross or a hook on the way, I would have glanced or interrupted either one before they could achieve max force and it would have been bearable. Man, so many things. There were kids there too, so I got the chance to catch breathers and practice countering and 'placing' blows rather than just blasting people. Good practice. I have to admit, they're kind of the hardest part, though. Ky-sensei's son in particular is a problem child. He's definitely got ADHD, and while he's medicated, the dosage isn't quite right. Even without that, he's got a real discipline problem, and that's a bad look in a Karate dojo. So you can imagine that Ky-sensei comes down pretty hard on him for it. He wound up decompensating pretty bad, to a degree that I don't know whether or not it's going to lead to him being kicked off the mats or what. Of course, the rest of us fought on, and as for me, I just really felt for them in their situation. I'm selfish enough to think it'd be better if the son didn't come back, but it's not my school and it's not my problem and anyway no school is perfect. I reckon it's better to have one problem student be a small percentage of the body than one problem student who's 33-50% of the body. Went hard for a good hour or so before I felt a twinge in my shoulder and decided to call it. Got some food in me and went to the gym - legs and abs. No bagwork beyond some clinch-knee practice because doggone but I miss that. (but wait, Kishi, didn't you say there was a MT place nearby? Yes, yes I did, but apparently they're more salespeople than they are trainers. They try to drive people toward other programs they have in place instead of the MT program, possibly because there's a fight team there? Idk, but it seems shady to me). Saturday, I went to office hours. We held them in this repurposed warehouse that had been changed into an open office space. It's kept stocked with snacks and coffee and beer, and all you gotta do is pay for hourly usage. I liked it there. So did a bunch of work stuff for some hours. Pushed a new book out to the share services. Found out that the gent I'd trained to do this hadn't been pulling his weight on it. Which I get, because life happens, but it's a bad look on your first week. I tried to be gentle in calling him out on it, but we didn't get the chance to talk much and he didn't want to deal with it. Which, again. Bad look. He later indicated in group chat that he'd had some RL problems come up, but it struck me as remarkably petty stuff... but it would, given that he's really prone to letting his emotions rule him and I'm not. Finally made it back to Kali, though. It was fun. Found a way to integrate some judo into what we were doing, even throwing a dude w/ sasae. Didn't see that coming. And the dude couldn't duplicate it either, which just made me feel special. :'D Of course, if he comes to judo like he says he will, that'll be something to behold. Of course, if I go back to judo, that'll be something to behold too. Sunday was awesome. It was a friend's birthday, so I took the night off to go attend a murder-mystery party with her. I played a character who wears 'sleeveless shirts' to formal events, so I got my hands on a tank top with a tuxedo print and shaved my chest, shoulders, and back for the part. Feels like I've stepped up my grooming game pretty hard to make this work, and also it feels weird to wear clothes now. But not bad weird. Feels like something I could get used to. The party itself was great. Lots of people I knew alongside people that I didn't. There were two murderers involved, and I got one of them, which was one more than I got the last time I went to something like this. That's a 100% improvement rating. And, since my character was a gym owner, people came up to me afterward to talk RL fitness, which was pretty great. They've been making good strides on their own - one friend lost 30 lbs all by herself and is able to wear things again that she couldn't before, which is just super-exciting to know about - and I got to plant the seed with another one who likes the way I teach striking. She wants to "get graceful" before she returns to Krav and she thinks I can help her with that. We'll see. I don't mind teaching, but without a black belt or a cert it just feels kind of weird to assume an authority position. But putting my experience to work for others? No problem. Also managed to square things with the booksharing gent. We'll see what happens this week. If it comes out that he can't do this again, I'll probably just take it back and try to float the idea of bringing on a virtual assistant or something like that, because we got people lining up for our services and this is going to get hairy if it winds up that I'm the one person doing all the shares for all the books on all the platforms. But those are problems for later. Right now, Monday, and rest.
  12. Kishi

    North Carolina Meet Ups

    Dude, those sound awesome! If I wasn't in Raleigh, I'd totally be down to check you guys out.
  13. Kishi

    Newbie levels up

    Looks great! One of my favorite quotes is attributed to either Vince Lombardi or George Patton, but either way it goes "Fatigue makes cowards of us all." I like it because it's a reminder to take time to rest and engage in self-care. Yes, the training is a form of self-care, but in order to get what you need from it, you gotta be able to rest.
  14. Kishi

    Shotokan just works out

    Well, sometimes, all you really need is to just show up and get used to the idea of moving again, right? How good that you have such a large pot to draw from. Now stop saying you're going to write, and just write!
  15. Kishi

    A Druid's Battle Log

    It seems to have gone well! Or at least, nobody complained out loud. Bosses are like that. The work season will pass. Hang in there!
  16. Kishi

    Osu

    Thanks! * So the chili was a hit! Turned out I made just enough to have a bowl to myself when all was said and done. Couldn't have gone better. I guess you give me a recipe to follow, I can execute well. That being said, having leftovers, I figured I needed to get them home rather than just carting them around with me everywhere, so I got home and got them took care of. It was too late for karate at that point, but I could make BJJ, so that was what I did. BJJ wound up going well. The Professor wasn't there, but his student - a blue belt - was there and able to teach. So we mostly just reviewed our previous material and then got exposure to Knee On Belly. I also kicked a dude in the face. We were practicing the self-defense applications of guard and using the legs to hold someone off when you're on the ground - you sort of spider with the opponent if they're close enough and keep your legs on top of their thighs, then lever your hips up and kick into their face. (It's not easy, of course, if the guy's trying to get around you, but that's fighting for you). There was another student there, had his hands up for target, but with his face close behind, and I was told to kick hard. So I kicked hard, blew through his hands, and got him in the mouth. Felt terrible. But on the plus side, we know it works! Anyway, after that was done, I went to the gym and practiced deloaded handstands and ran through the couple kata I've picked up so far at the new place. Their kata are very... utilitarian. I approve. Shadowboxed and called it a night. Got home, ate junk food, did some laundry and went to bed. Fasting today. I didn't binge or anything like that last night; I didn't feel overfull and woke up hungry this morning. But the hunger pangs turned out to be thirst pangs, and fasting feels fine right now. Plans tonight are a little on the interesting side: there's a fight night at the dojo that I'd like to go to, but I also need to get cleaned up for that party on Sunday. So the idea is, burn the rest of my OT to leave early, get cleaned up, hit up the dojo, and then hit the gym afterward. I've already got snacks and such to break my fast after fighting and before the gym, so... yeah. We'll see how this works.
  17. Kishi

    The Legend of the Mad Monk

    I mean, if your hands are big enough...
  18. Well, fatigue does make cowards of us all. But look at you, still showing up and getting it done despite. Kudos to you for that!
  19. Kishi

    Urgan Shows Up, Does the Thing

    Steady on. No sense letting it get to your head.
  20. Kishi

    Osu

    I do credit him for that; I also credit you, because I couldn't have known without you talking about it. That's awesome. I'm really glad to hear he's holding true to his convictions in the matter. It sounds like he's doing a lot of good there.
  21. Kishi

    Osu

    It was the Bloody Elbow article I saw you link one time. It touched on a lot of ideas I wanted to write about and ultimately led me to do some research which allowed me to change my main conflict into something that works.
  22. Kishi

    Osu

    Welp. Wednesday didn't turn out good in the ways I'd hoped it would. Oh, it still turned out good. I worked on my writing and cleaned up the story (and major tip of the hat to @DarK_RaideR for inspiration, although I reckon he did not know until now) but I got wrapped up in the work. I got the chili made but that took longer than I thought it would, mostly over my millennial insistence on fresh ingredients and slow prep. Totally my fault, but it led to me staying up crazy late and getting up late as a result. Fortunately, I have some OT in the system for just such a thing, so I can get out on time and to karate tonight. So, no foul. It costs me some OT, but life is hard and I expect that kind of thing. Anyway, speaking of chili and the holiday, Happy Valentine's Day to you and yours! Whatever love you have, may it warm you and be a source of comfort. Since chili and junk food are on the agenda, I ran my measurements. I haven't been keeping up that much, and I was kind of afraid to, but I'm holding stable. My AI's even doing a touch better - waist measurement's running a little lower today. So I think this notion of balance - of true maintenance - has some legs. We'll see. Plan is indulgence today, then extended fast tomorrow, then normal on Saturday, indulgence on Sunday, fast on Monday. Saturday's going to be the odd day because of office hours, which stand not only to affect training but also food choices and such like that. Which I won't mind and will flow with, but, you know. Wrinkles, plans, contact, etc.
  23. Kishi

    Simple & [Sloth]-like

    Oh hi! Hope you don't mind if I tag along. Also, yeah man, shoveling snow all the time? Totally legit for strength/endurance work.
  24. Kishi

    Mistr sets up the new Normal

    Good Lord. I'm just glad to hear that everyone turned out to be okay. All these people in your life need to get on your level, kthx.
  25. Kishi

    Teirin shows up