Friday, March 30, 2007

Sliding and testing

Right now, I’m working on the Gekisai Dai Ichi and Ni because I need to work out all of the details which I wasn’t taught. First, I work on sliding my feet when I perform any kata or any drills. Once we were sliding sideways and went the opposite direction on each count. Sensei was telling us to keep our feet on the floor and slide. However, I always lift my lead foot when I slide because my foot sticks. So, when I was trying to keep my foot on the floor and slide, I fell over because my foot stuck. This week, I’ve been trying to figure out why my foot always sticks. I think it’s because I put too much weight on my lead foot when I slide. I also found out that it’s easier to slide when I have my knees bent. In my old dojo, I know they slide; however, Sensei didn’t specifically tell me to slide. So, I always lifted my feet instead because it wasn’t emphasized.

I’m getting better at karate slowly but surely. I thought that I would have already tested and get my current kyu or one higher. Just recently I finally figured out why I haven’t tested yet, it’s because I need to work on my Gekisai kata and learn the bunkai. I know that if I stayed with my old dojo, I’d be 5th kyu or higher by now. However, I trust my new Sensei because I’ve seen the difference between his black belts and Chinen’s black belts. Gene Villa’s brown belts are like black belts to me. I know that his black belts perform kata better than Chinen’s new and high black belts. I know that Sensei Chinen promoted his students way too fast. Probably, he promoted me too fast too.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

My weight

I have more time to write now because I broke up with Andrey. I have been on the Internet much more because of It's a site where I count my daily calories. It tell me what foods are healthy and unhealthy, which is a major plus because a lot of times, I don't know whether a food is healthy or not. For example, I ate a Philly Cheese Steak sandwich which we get from Costco. I typed it in and it received a big, fat F. I had no idea that it was that unhealthy for you. If I would have known that I would have eaten some thing else. In a week and a half, I've lost 6 pounds. Now, I'm 184. I know I'm a little overweight because 35% of my weight is body fat. So, I hope that I can get that percentage down. A personal trainer said that it doesn't do any thing if we just work one type of muscle to lose the fat. To lose fat, we need to exercise more and eat less. Well, I have been doing that. I think I ate way too much during Gassuku because I gained ten pounds. My Sempai kept on telling me to eat during the breaks. I thought that I would have lost some weight because of the amount of exercise that I did. When I gained 10 pounds, I thought it was muscle instead of fat. Maybe it was some muscle, but mostly fat. This makes sense that my friend exercised a lot but was still overweight. It was because she ate way too much.

Look at my new home

Ahh, much better! Yesterday, it looked this blog; however, mine was a little better. I ended up changing my template from Scribe to Harbor. I like this template the best because I haven't seen anybody using it before and it looks original. I wanted my blog to look different because Supergroup, Becky, and Miss Chis uses Scribe too. To make it look more different, I changed the font to Arial instead Trebuchet. All of the other fonts are too sharp and blocky for me.

Monday, March 05, 2007

I don't know if I like this...

I wanted to update my blog, because I noticed that some of my links were bad. When I wanted to update, I chose to update my template. However, I didn't save my old template, so I had to start from skratch. Now, I don't know if I like what I have any more. The colors are off, there is a big space under blogs on the side bar, and the titles are underlined which looks tacky. I'm thinking about changing the whole template, so it will look better. I would play with it now, but I have been on the web and playing with it long enough. I need to do homework, go home, and go to karate. Aggg, I think I spent way too much time on the web because I don't know if there is enough time to do these three things. What should I do, do homework or go to karate? Hummmm...