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The way of the sword.


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Hey there ! It's my first quest being a monk, and I wnat to introduce myself properly :

 

I'm a 18 years old french guy, living in Nord-Pas-de-Calais, and I'm currently a computer sciences student in my second year of a Bachelor's degree. I'm 1m90 tall, and I weight for about 75kg. I made my first (and a half) challenge around my health, as I had weak lungs and heart, bad kneecap and some back problems due to a lack of strength and stamina. Now I feel way better, even if I still need to improve my cardio.

 

I am not so much of a sport guy, and I never really enjoyed anything else that mountain biking, which I rarely do now ( and it makes me kinda sad ). I discovered a club in Lille, which is my city, of HEMA ( historical european martial arts ) specialized in longsword, messer, and swords in general ( Based on medieval german manuscripts ) but also a bit of grappling and other weapons ( such as rod, dagger, etc ). Unfortunately, as I write this, the club has not started yet after the summer break. I don't know when it will start, and they don't know too. So, my challenge will be cut in half, a half of cardio/workout to get in the right shape to do some swordfight, and the other half of HEMA. I hope it will start soon !

 

Well, my main quest will be constitued of :

 

Goal 1 : Be able to wield the sword. +2 STR +1 STA +1 CHA

  • On tuesdays, thursdays, and saturdays
    • Do at least 3 sets of 5 reps of pullups
    • Do at least 3 sets of 5 reps of chinups
    • Do at least 3 sets of 10 reps of pushups on my fists ( That's kinda harder or is it just me ? )
    • Workout my abs, but not too much. My goal isn't to be some kind of model, just to eliminate a bit of fat, and be more endurant.
    • Last but not least, I'll try to improve my strength to last 1 min of "gainage" ( that's the french word... I don't know how to say it, google trad says "cladding", it's the action of holding a posture that exercice muscles. )

Goal 2 : Survive the battle. +2 STA +1 CON +1 CHA

  • On mondays, wednesdays and fridays, do some interval training, for at least 15min (with walk-breaks every 5 minutes of interval), my goal is to do 20min without walk-breaks at the end of the challenge. If the weather is too bad, my knee hurts too much, I'll do 30 minutes of elliptical bike.

Goal 3 : Learn the way of the sword. +2 DEX +2 WIS

  • Attend every class of HEMA, and practice some one-handed sword ( such as messer ) moves at home, 15 min a day as I got a steel training sword at home.

 

Besides these 3 goals, I got a last goal which isn't too related to but still damn useful to this !

Goal 4 : "Le roseau plie mais ne rompt pas" -Lafontaine +1 DEX +1 WIS +1 CON

  • Every day, stretch (intensively ! And with many postures) for about 5 minutes at least, to be more flexible.

 

Well, I think that's all ! If you have any advice, things that I should/shouldn't do, tips, anything, say it, I'll be very pleased :) I'm still a beginner and help is always great and motivating !

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Level 2 Hylian Monk

STR | DEX | STA | CON | WIS | CHA

   3    |   2    |    3   |    2     |   1    |   2

Current quest (HEMA)

 

Second quest First quest

Battle log

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Hey Lindt! That´s so cool! I always wanted to learn how to use a sword. If only there were schools, around here. You are so lucky!

 

You are doing well by training before starting. It will be a lot of help for when you actually start your classes. If anything I would add that you use your training steel sword from the beginning:  lift it and practice carrying it around for some time to prepare you even more (say 20 minutes a day) even if you don´t swing it. Just lift it, get a stance and walk around or something.

 

I mention this because recently I went to the house of some relatives and an uncle of mine just acquired an ornamental macuahuitl (pretty much a mexica sword/club). Being the cool guy he is, he allowed me to play handle it a bit. Even if I´ve been doing more exercises for the last 7 months it actually was hard to keep handling after 10 minutes or so. My point is: the muscles we use to handle a sword are a bit different from the ones we use to pull and push our own body-weight, furthermore: my muscles lacked the resistance to keep holding it for any practical measure of time. Just my 2 cents =D.

 

I wish you a lot of success.

Level: 4 Human Monk


STR: 14 | DEX: 7 | STA: 10.75 | CON: 6.75 | WIS: 13.75 | CHA: 1.75 |


 


"Effort without results is only self satisfying bunk" - Kain R. Heinlein.


 


"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." - John Wooden.


 


"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort." - David Wong.

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Spauracchio, merci :)  I'm not sure, but I think my legs are involved in this stance :

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That's my "reference" stance since that's also my abs-workout. I can hold hardly 40 seconds. I'm doing the side abs too but I can't hold for that long. I'm not really familiar with the english names of the leg muscles, but I feel that interval training really makes my legs... Well, work ! Obviously it does when I really run for long, but I noticed some changes, visually and with my knee, which hurt less when it's cold. I'm thinking about doing some squats, or maybe the "jumping squats" of the batman workout ? I'll see how my legs are Thursday !

 

 

Thanks Kishi ! Indeed, that's what it's about ! Maybe the world "holding" could describe the thing ? I'm really clueless, I'll ask my English teacher tomorrow :P

 

Well actually, I'm really lucky Zuel ( Well, maybe not so much, but I'll explain ! ) because there's no other club around here, although I'm in one of the largest city of France, and well placed in Europe. But, there's always a but, the club had to change where they teach HEMA, as it's really tiny ( like maybe 30 members max ) and they didn't have the money to rent the gym. They are looking for a place and they found something but nothing is done yet. Well, I hope that it will be good soon !

That's a good idea ! Actually I really enjoy swinging it in a basic cutting move, even it's heavy as hell, steel is not a joke ! I usually warm up with it, by the way. I feel, doing that, that I should exercice my forearm, as it's really useful to swing a sword. I think I'll add it in my challenge as well as squats as I said earlier.

Thanks :)

 

 

Well, today went well ! I exercised as much as I wanted in my goals, even if I can only hold the stance I showed on the top of this post for about 40 seconds. Tomorrow, I'll run, first I'll warmup with my sister ( My warmup is her training xD That shows me how fast I made progress within my first challenge ! ) then I'll do the interval for at least 15 minutes. I have a math exam on Thursday so I am a little bit stressed ( How great that mathematics are a big part of my finals in computer sciences. Meh.)

 

I also stretched my legs and my back for 6 minutes, that is wonderful, my back don't hurt me anymore !

Level 2 Hylian Monk

STR | DEX | STA | CON | WIS | CHA

   3    |   2    |    3   |    2     |   1    |   2

Current quest (HEMA)

 

Second quest First quest

Battle log

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Well actually, I'm really lucky Zuel ( Well, maybe not so much, but I'll explain ! ) because there's no other club around here, although I'm in one of the largest city of France, and well placed in Europe. But, there's always a but, the club had to change where they teach HEMA, as it's really tiny ( like maybe 30 members max ) and they didn't have the money to rent the gym. They are looking for a place and they found something but nothing is done yet. Well, I hope that it will be good soon !

That's a good idea ! Actually I really enjoy swinging it in a basic cutting move, even it's heavy as hell, steel is not a joke ! I usually warm up with it, by the way. I feel, doing that, that I should exercice my forearm, as it's really useful to swing a sword. I think I'll add it in my challenge as well as squats as I said earlier.

Thanks :)

 

Oh man, hopefully the club won´t have any other problem from now on.

 

Hey, if the steel sword is that heavy, you are set! Have a fantastic training!

Level: 4 Human Monk


STR: 14 | DEX: 7 | STA: 10.75 | CON: 6.75 | WIS: 13.75 | CHA: 1.75 |


 


"Effort without results is only self satisfying bunk" - Kain R. Heinlein.


 


"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." - John Wooden.


 


"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort." - David Wong.

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Hey there ! Here is my review of the week :

 

Since last wednesday, I exercised as much as I wanted to, i.e. thursday and saturday, and with my goals reached ! It's my maximum at the moment but I feel pretty good about it, I'm rather strong. But I didn't ran friday or today, as I my knees are beginning to hurt again. I don't know if it's the cold or the weather, but I feel a permanent pain in both knees and I have troubles with climbing up stairs, so I wasn't quite sure about running. I'll try this wednesday but if it hurts me again, I'll try elliptical bike instead. The problem is, that's not so great for cardio, and not as intensive as interval training.

The classes haven't started yet, and it begins to bother me. That's frustratiiiing !

 

I stretch every day just after my breakfast, my back, my legs and my neck, and that feels great ! I have less and less troubles with them since I started to stretch all them. I'll continue as much as possible !

 

If I had to grade this week, I feel that was a B- :

C on running as I skipped friday and today. And also I lasted 10 minutes last wednesday, which is less that I wanted ! I need to improve !

A on workout, because I keep myself on tracks and I do what I wanted in my challenge, even if I try to do better.

I can't really tell anything about the HEMA as I can't really do anything.

And finally, A on the stretching, as I do it everyday and it feels good !

 

 

I'm supertired, I recently began to help kids with homework in a... Well, in a place where kids go after school to do their homework ! I don't know if there's a name for it, the direct translation would be "Homework-help center". That's fun because I was in the exact same place when I was a kid, now I've been on both side. But that is soooooo hard to keep these kiddies to work. I did it today and I feel like I ran for 2 hours ( With my rough day, it didn't helped. It's 10p.m. here and I won't last much longer awake ! )

 

That's all for last week ! Hopefully my work schedule will be less overcharged than now, as I have a lot of studying to do. And the worst is that it's not for exams or whatever, just for random tests with all we did since the beginning of the year in 3 different courses.

Level 2 Hylian Monk

STR | DEX | STA | CON | WIS | CHA

   3    |   2    |    3   |    2     |   1    |   2

Current quest (HEMA)

 

Second quest First quest

Battle log

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Hey my friend!! I'm so sorry it took me this long to catch up with your post. Been a crazy week, but that is all over now so I'm glad to be back around. I'm SO HAPPY you are doing great with your stretching!! You're doing great all around with your goals. I always picture you and your sister going for runs together, aaaaaaaw what a good brother ;) Sorry the sword class situation is so frustrating. Keep up your conditioning and I'm sure when you get started you will do awesome. Ooooooh and the cold weather, I feel ya with the aching knees. Mine are that way. Just take precautions and don't overdo it. So with the homework help is that volunteering? It's really cool to participate in something as an adult that helped you as a kid. Kind of special. Good times. Great start to you challenge. Now back to homework!!! 

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It sounds like you're doing the best you can with the situation you have. Also, you're wise to stop running if it hurts to run. There is some discomfort that you should expect, but if it's in the knees then it's not worth it.

 

Have you considered maybe running sprints instead? It's a great way to get running benefits without destroying your joints to do it. If you can do them on a hill, that would be even better, because it saves some of the impact on your knees. Additionally, it'll give you more 'power' type conditioning, which is useful for martial arts.

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It sounds like you're doing the best you can with the situation you have. Also, you're wise to stop running if it hurts to run. There is some discomfort that you should expect, but if it's in the knees then it's not worth it.

 

Have you considered maybe running sprints instead? It's a great way to get running benefits without destroying your joints to do it. If you can do them on a hill, that would be even better, because it saves some of the impact on your knees. Additionally, it'll give you more 'power' type conditioning, which is useful for martial arts.

 

 

This, plus one. Sprint is better suited for martial artists and it helps to preserve your knees.

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Never heard of a concept like those help centers. It is very nice to you to go and help there =D. I can only begin to imagine how tiresome it can be.

 

As usual Kishi is giving amazing advice. You should give it a try.

 

Stay on your toes man, you gotta tell us about your HEMA as soon as it starts!

Level: 4 Human Monk


STR: 14 | DEX: 7 | STA: 10.75 | CON: 6.75 | WIS: 13.75 | CHA: 1.75 |


 


"Effort without results is only self satisfying bunk" - Kain R. Heinlein.


 


"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." - John Wooden.


 


"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort." - David Wong.

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Hey guys ! Sorry I'm late !

 

Here's my weekly review :

 

Monday 18 : I didn't ran, as I wasn't even able to walk properly :/

 

Tuesday 19 : Didn't exercised at all x_x I was too focused on my thursday's exams, as they were very important.

 

Wednesday 20 : Still didn't ran, it's too cold here ! It was around 2°C that day !

 

Thursday 21 : After my exams, which went pretty good, I did my workout as I want to, even if it was harder than usual... Maybe I should be more regular x_x

 

Friday 22 : Still didn't ran, but I went to a gig ( Honeyhoney and Jake Bugg :) That was awesome ! ) and I think that was as exhausting as running :P ! I felt like it, though.

 

Saturday 23 : I kept myself on my workout plan, but I did too much abs training and got some aches the day after that !

 

Sunday 24 : Well... I... Ahem... Sunday. :P

 

Monday 25 : I didn't ran... I feel like cr*p not running, I consider swimming at the pool, but right now my courses schedule takes me too much time... Gah ! I helped some kids to do their homework, and I felt pretty useful ( Therefore, great ! )

 

Today, Tuesday 26 : I haven't exercised yet, but as I write this, I'm warming up... I need to get me back on track !

 

I did my stretching all days :) I'm pretty glad about it, I feel way better since I started ! If nothing changes, I'll know tomorrow when the HEMA classes are starting ! Yay !

 

This week felt that was a C :

C on running as I skipped everyday. I feel I'm lame :/

B- on workout, because I seem to be losing strength, as I didn't exercised last Tuesday. I'll do better !

I still can't tell anything about the HEMA !

And finally, A on the stretching, as I do it everyday.

 

 

@Gneiss : Thanks :D That is total volunteering :) I don't get anything ( Besides sometime a tea or a candy :P ) but only my own satisfaction. I feel that I'm helping, and that is very rewarding itself !

 

@Kishi & Spauracchio & Zuel : Thanks for your advices :) Actually, I think I'll do sprints instead of interval tomorrow ! Maybe that'll help ! I'll try to post it here as soon as I can :)

Level 2 Hylian Monk

STR | DEX | STA | CON | WIS | CHA

   3    |   2    |    3   |    2     |   1    |   2

Current quest (HEMA)

 

Second quest First quest

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Looks like you've been staying busy there, man. Life does what it does and it will try to get in your way.

 

You really, really need to be consistent in your training. More than anything else, that's gonna be the thing that helps you. More than anything else, the thing that delineates skilled fighters and athletes from the unskilled is the fact that they show up to practice, over and over and over and over and over again.

 

Stick to that schedule. Eat right, rest well, show up, and work. The rest will manage itself.

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Wow! Super update!

 

Maybe you didn´t run everyday but stretching is already an amazing activity for the body. Good going! 

Level: 4 Human Monk


STR: 14 | DEX: 7 | STA: 10.75 | CON: 6.75 | WIS: 13.75 | CHA: 1.75 |


 


"Effort without results is only self satisfying bunk" - Kain R. Heinlein.


 


"You can make mistakes, but you are not a failure until you blame others for those mistakes." - John Wooden.


 


"Misery is comfortable. Happiness takes effort." - David Wong.

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Hey there ! It's been almost a month since I last posted here. I am sorry for that, I was overwhelmed with work and exams.

 

I think I can sum up my month pretty easily :

 

The HEMA club still don't have a gym. Which means still no sword training or anything else :(

My knee is hurting like hell, actually like last year, which means back to the doctor again ! Maybe she can prescribe me some reeducation or whatever... If anything helps !

I only exercise once a week, which is kinda... Lame ? I don't know, but I feel lame. I still have the same strength, I haven't lost anything, but I can't make progress with so few workout.

 

Soo... I don't really know what to do, because the main objective of this challenge is focused on HEMA, and I can't do any of that... I'll try, since I'm now in a break, to do my best about my workout, maybe try some elliptical bike to still do some cardio exercise ? But I don't think I'll be adding a level or points in my stats, I just feel like I failed this challenge, but hey, that may be a prologue to my next one ? Also, I'll have to look for another thing to do than HEMA... I'm sad about it, because I dream of it since I'm a little child ( I'm just a grown-up child now :D ! ) and I still won't be doing it.

 

I could easily say "Hey, that's not my fault, there's no possibility to practice Martial Arts right now, since I can't join a club", but no, that's my fault with my workout schedule.

 

I only saw all of your messages recently, and I am glad I'm here, even if I should have been more consistent, about my training, about the rebellion. But now I'm almost done with the crappy-busy-lamy-sad part of my semester, and it's really time to kick some ass. ( Mine, of course ! )

 

So, I don't think I'll be "really" grading me, since I consider this challenge failed. But, I'll try to be regularly updating about my progression, how does that training felt, and so on. Maybe put a grade on it, but I won't add anything on my profile, it will be only to get me better. That's what these challenges are for, right ?

Level 2 Hylian Monk

STR | DEX | STA | CON | WIS | CHA

   3    |   2    |    3   |    2     |   1    |   2

Current quest (HEMA)

 

Second quest First quest

Battle log

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Well, yeah. It sounds like you're looking to make a better 'system' for yourself as opposed to reaching a 'goal.' And that's okay. You need something to keep you moving.

 

Anyway, so, looks like you can't do HEMA, but your heart is set on it. Okay, then. Next best thing, then, is to work on your physical condition and to apply as much intensity to it as you can.

 

Feel free to keep us informed in the meantime how all that works for you.

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