The Thirst to compete

The urge to compete.
I've wanted to compete for a little while now. I keep making up excuses as to why I wouldn't compete.  Not enough time, not wanting to be injured  . . .  and blah blah blah. Basically it all boils down to fear.  Fear I must confront. Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable is part of the training process and competing is just one step. When, will I step up to the challenge.   This is a first quarter 2016 goal right now.  First step is to say it right. I'm going to compete.  The...

Martial Arts Rethought

American Kenpo Karate
Here it is.  Training in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu has shaken my belief in my original art American Kenpo Karate. Ok, there you have it.  I've said it. Long, long time ago in a city far, far away in 2000 I received my black belt in Ed Parker's American Kenpo in Towson MD from Professor Jim Fredrick.  I just knew in my mind that I was learning the most effective form of self defense that there was. I felt confident that I could defend myself against someone trying to do me harm. Or did I?  ...

Yoga Practice Journal

Utthita Parsvakonasana
During my yoga practice this morning, I tweaked something in my shoulder during utthita parsvakonasana. I didn't struggle to get into the pose at all.  Matter of fact it was the second time going through that side.  The discomfort is within the shoulder blade.  It feels a little like a strain, some neck positions has some stick to it throughout the day.  This was my first time going beyond Surya Namaskar A + B section of Kino MacGregors Series 1 Ashtanga video. I'm debating weather to prac...

Daily Yoga Practice

Over the past month I've started a daily yoga practice at home. It would be nice to go to a class . . . but alas time does not permit. Lately I've been following Kino Macgregor who apparently seems to be the spokesperson for Ashtanga Yoga in the United States. While I've been playing with online yoga for over a year now doing random flows from some of my favorite YouTube yogis. Ekhart Yoga Yoga With Adriene Fightmaster  Yoga Kino Yoga Lately I've been yearning a real practi...

Body Image

Anyone can look like this, right?
What a 40 year old man with body image issues, how could that be? I guess its very much possible, with the exercise industrial complex assaulting me every day. At 40 it was time to take exercise and health in general seriously.  It started with the scale, I would ( and still do ) weigh myself every morning. Experience has now shown me that a number on the scale is not the only determination of progress.  At this point I've hit my goal 190lbs.  When I started I weighed in at 205 cons...