Shotokan Posted April 20, 2017 Report Share Posted April 20, 2017 The last challenge went pretty well overall and I made a lot of improvements so I'm going to do it all over again. Like Bill Murray in Groundhog day, I am going to keep doing it until I get it right. Focus area #1: Stances and kicks five times a week Since these are the areas that I need the most improvement in, they are going to be the main focus. 50 kicks a week for each leg, especially side thrust kicks and both stationary and moving stance work. The kicks will be done slowly, since doing them slow is harder than doing them fast. The stationary stances will most likely be timed and the moving stances will be done slowly for reps. Focus area #2: Flexibility or mobility five times a week Stretching and mobility does help when I do it and I have enough programs to keep me busy but I just have to do them. Five days a week is going to be a little hard to hit but if I want to improve, I have to do it. The Pavel programs have been working well so I am going to focus most of this area on those. Focus area #3: Don't loose what I have - glute and hip workouts twice a week I do not want to loose the improvements that I made and there is a lot of value in workouts that I have been doing. I am pretty sure that twice a week will at least maintain the gains I made and it should not overload my stance and kick training if I keep the frequency low. Extra credit: Meditation five times a week Using Headspace has really been helping and it helped me come up with the idea of working on what I need to improve instead of just working. I need to training smarter and harder and I think the meditation is helping. I have over 50 days in a row doing meditation each day. Life goal: Rekindle the writing fire Writing has been working so far so good. I haven't published anything yet but I wrote more in the last four weeks than I did in the last two years. 2 Quote Doug In search of the ever elusive side thrust kick.... Student of Karate and Iaido Link to comment
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