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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    Grading today. A very strange sort of grading but we are currently living in strange times. Instead of 3 1/2 hours of grading, everything was compacted into the usual 1 hour of training. We did warm-ups, consisting of running, push-ups, jump squats, and (my personal favourite...) burpees. Punches, followed by kicks (always fun), and then we split off to do our patterns. We didn't do them in front of anyone except a tame black belt (one for each pattern), who would comment and raise points to correct. Mine said that blue belts (that's where I'm at) should focus on strength/power and I needed more power. It was obvious I did Poomsae because my pattern was precise and exact, but I lacked power. I know that; it's something I've been working on. At least my pattern was technically good, if not powerful enough. Once my black belt had left, I started working on that.
    I would say it went well, congratulations


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      Received notification today that Monday poomsae class is cancelled until further notice. I knew it was coming; after all, things are closing down all over the place - perhaps catching up with the rest of the world! So it wasn't a surprise, but that didn't prevent its being a disappointment. I felt quite down for a while today because of this notification. Then some part of me scolded me, saying there were people all over the world in much worse case, sick, dying, losing their jobs or businesses, and here I was getting teary-eyed over the fact I can't do my poomsae?! Get real, said this part of me. Then another part took over. It said, that had this happened a year ago, and the reason for the venue's closing was refurbishment and there was no saying how long it would take, then there would be commiserations, people wondering if there were somewhere else I could train, etc etc etc. And I thought, just because this is now, in the middle of a pandemic, does that make our little pinprick concerns any less concerning to us? Should we become ashamed because we feel annoyed that the neighbour's barking dog has kept us awake all night - again? That someone cut us off and nicked the last parking spot?

      Just because there is a big issue that concerns the whole world, our little individual problems are no less problems to us, and I think we ought to remember that, and accept that we still have these pinpricks, whether it be an irritating boss, a parent with a wandering mind, a spouse with a wandering eye, or a barking dog, and we should not castigate ourselves for feeling aggrieved by any of these things. Or by needing to air them.

      This does not mean at all that the stress and loss suffered by so many people around the world is in any way dismissed or ignored, or that I don't sympathise with those who have been affected in any way by this pandemic.

      By relieving ourselves of the stress caused by our own individual pinpricks, we will be better able to manage bigger issues when/if they come our way. In my opinion, if we push aside our own issues, they will continue to gnaw at us like a rat, and that will make us ill-tempered, unhappy, which in turn makes us unhealthy. A healthy mind is a big contributor to a healthy body.

      So today, when I thought all this out, I gave myself - and everyone else who needs it - permission to feel as aggrieved about personal issues as I - and they - want. To air my petty concerns, to vent my frustrations, to lament the loss of my scheduled poomsae classes, and to do so without fearing that others will deem me shallow and callous for putting my issues ahead of the world's. Sorry, but I can't do anything about the world's issues - I so wish I could - but perhaps dealing with my own - and others dealing with theirs - will in some small way help deal with the big issues.

      Just my thoughts of the day.

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        Amirsh Kind of like scouts, I suppose. It's run by the Church so there's a focus on that sort of thing, but the children go on camps, do crafts, orienteering, cooking, etc. In short, have a good social time.

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          Day 69

          Challenges:
          Abs of Steel (day 20)
          First Thing Water (day 12)
          Core Control (day 7)
          1 Minute Cardio (day 8)
          Ninja (day 30) Today I was (or ought to be) committed!
          Daily Gratitude (day 19)
          Power Grip (day 2)

          Programmes:
          day 26 Baseline
          day Express Tone Felt rather flat this afternoon and simply didn't do it. I'll do better tomorrow. After all, it's almost as though BlackButler has set me a challenge! Though I really hope not...

          DD with EC (#68). Total DD = 69.

          I hope everyone is keeping well out there. (Damn, I can't articulate what I want to say without its sounding trite, so I won't say anymore.) Be well, Bees.

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            Happy Ninja day Stance punches are fun.
            Glad you got your grading in before shut down.

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              Congrats on becoming a ninja

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                Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
                So today, when I thought all this out, I gave myself - and everyone else who needs it - permission to feel as aggrieved about personal issues as I - and they - want. To air my petty concerns, to vent my frustrations, to lament the loss of my scheduled poomsae classes, and to do so without fearing that others will deem me shallow and callous for putting my issues ahead of the world's. Sorry, but I can't do anything about the world's issues - I so wish I could - but perhaps dealing with my own - and others dealing with theirs - will in some small way help deal with the big issues.
                I agree that only by accepting our little annoyances and then finding solutions, alternatives etc ... we can feel better and feel better among others, denying what you know there is useless if not to do it stand out later, bigger and more aggressive


                and congrats on ninja challenge

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                  Some of what this will hopefully teach us is to have a better perspective on what is important in life. Being healthy is important, others things not so much. So I wouldn't say that being upset about the lack of something which helps you to stay healthy is a bad thing.

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                    Congratulations on ninja challenge

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                      Good work on completing the Ninja Challenge🥳😎
                      I agree with your assessment of feelings and the world at large. This is definitely giving us reason to appreciate what we have and hold dear, while changing everything we think we know about the world. Another life-changing experience that is likely to last for....let’s just say “some time.”

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                        NINJA!!!!!

                        Well done!

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                          Congratulations on completing the Ninja Challenge, TopNotch!

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                            Happy Ninja Challenge

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                              Well done Ninja

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                                Day 70

                                Challenges:
                                Abs of Steel (day 21)
                                First Thing Water (day 13)
                                Core Control (day 8)
                                1 Minute Cardio (day 9)
                                Daily Gratitude (day 20)
                                Power Grip (day 3)

                                Programmes:
                                day 27 Baseline
                                day Express Tone Hmm, where did the day go??

                                DD with EC (#69). Total DD = 70.

                                I had the strangest dream last night where I was doing handstand push-ups. They were really easy (as so many things are in dreams) and when I zoomed in to see what I was actually doing (the strange way you can in dreams!), I found I was leaning against the wall, in a kind of wall-sit, with my hands pressed beneath me, and I was lowering myself in some weird sort of tricep dip. When I "saw" this, I said "Damn, I'm the wrong way up!" See what effect BlackButler 's workout reports have on me? Man, you so got to slow down - have some pity!!

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