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  • TopNotch
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    Day 806

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 1 Push-ups Someone had the truly inspired idea of doing this as full push-ups because she liked the progression. I unashamedly copy that idea! As they say, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. I looked at this and decided that, if I want, I can throw in another set from time to time - but only if I want.

    Taekwondo training. A funny training today. It was the last of the term, and the coach probably didn't want to do anything that could damage us too much before Demonstration Day. After a little bit of running, lunges, and kicks to warm up, we had to get a partner and toss a tennis ball between us. At each catch, we both had to take a step backward and whichever couple was furthest "won". Then we had to do it again, for 2½ minutes, but this time, if we missed, we had to go back to the starting spot and again, whoever was furthest... And yet again, but this time, if one person missed the ball, that person had to lose a limb, so go on one leg, then on knees, then without an arm. My partner was a pretty lousy thrower (I can throw well, but catch...?) and several times I had to reach up high above my head and do a left-handed catch - which surprised us both. After that jackanapes, we did a funny exercise that the coach showed us, probably from YouTube. It was a 90-year old lady, who was sitting on her bottom with her legs drawn up. She rolled over backward, bringing up her bum, then forward smartly and stood up. I've seen something like that sort of thing but one-legged for pistol squat training. I think Fremen posted the link but I've lost it... Anyway, despite our complaints that it would hurt our back on this hard floor and the little old lady was doing it on carpet (coach: are you martial artists or a bunch of pussies? Us: A bunch of pussies!), we all did this five times. It was easier than it looked (even though a 90-year old was doing it. She'd probably been training for years!). Then we Mastery folk split off. The pair I was with wanted to practice Keumgang. I hadn't done it since last year so I was game - not that I need it for Mastery, but it's always good to practice the patterns you know. So we went through it a few times.

    Home Front M35. Realised yesterday that I had not yet done the final Home Front mission, so while I was hefting furniture around, I had the opportunity to spend the occasional minute doing: squats, shadow-boxing, push-ups, plank, and wall-sit.

    I'm not really going to be doing much for the next week, just focussing on what I need to remember. Today I was getting the self-defences confused, and simply could not keep the third arm break of complex 1 in my head! It's harder without a partner. But I finally got it, and I went through the complexes and self-defences multiple times and felt fairly pleased.

    And, of course, thanks FirstAgeDragonWolf Fremen Anek Lady Celerity Gandhalfit

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  • Gandhalfit
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    More congratulations and salutations

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Woo hoo!! Congratulations on double badges!!

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  • Anek
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    Happy badge day! And congrats on the challenge!

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  • Fremen
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    Congrats

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  • FirstAgeDragonWolf
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    Congrats on Better Abs and Total Burn!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 805

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 30 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 30 Total Burn

    My mother left today so now I won't feel so constrained about popping into the training room and practicing something. Self-defences again today. Been having a bit of fun plotting various routes for the April challenge, which says that each trip you take has to be a different route, adding up to 100k. I'll have to be taking the car out to places, then, and that could be a nice change. But that'll really have to wait until after the 10th.

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  • NancyTree
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    Yay for your March challenge!
    and congrats to your daughter breaking the board! Confidence does it!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 804

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 29 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 29 Total Burn

    Taekwondo training. After last night's abysmal showing, I wasn't feeling motivated at all for tonight, but I dragged myself along and did quite well. We started with a few laps of running and lunges and jumps, then lined up in belt order. We did 10 push-ups, then 10 instep kicks es, 10 turning kicks es, and 10 down kicks es. The GM was wandering around and said "good" to the person next to me when we were doing down kick, and "excellent" when he got to me. 5 more push-ups, each time calling out "jerugi" at the top because nobody had remembered what the word for punch was. We'll remember now! Block practice and then the Mastery people split off. We lined up to do Koryo, with 4 people in the front. There were 11 of us. Two didn't really know Koryo so they were just to follow along. I was at the end of the second row. We got to the first station facing the back and the GM told me to move forward (or what was more to the back when we were facing the front, if you get me) because I could do this well and he wanted people to be able to see me better. We did it again, and again, even though I had started where I had finished last time, I had to move more forward so people could see. And a third time! I tell you, it really sharpened my Koryo, thinking that people might be watching me! I wa quite pleased with it, actually. Then we paired up to do the self-defences. My partner tonight was a teen boy who didn't know them so well, so I found myself talking him through them while I was in some contorted position, pretending I had just been struck somewhere. Bit of fun. Got through them, and, as I'd been reviewing them today, not too badly, either. My mum leaves tomorrow and things can get back to normal.

    PetiteSheWolf Not sure he would have been using a Singer, but perhaps. I think I have one or two slightly older ones (I know I've got a 1917 Singer and I think my Whites are a bit older again but I forget), but you'll never find really old machines here in Australia unfortunately. But they still work. Do you imagine that a sewing machine made today would still be operational in 100 years?!

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  • Fremen
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    Congrats

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  • Anek
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    Congrats!!

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  • HellYeah
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    Congrats

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Congrats on the March Charge!!!

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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    That's my 1918 Singer 66. It was in pretty good condition - before the blu-tak...
    Wow! Century old sewing machine !!!
    That means my greatgrandfather, who was a seamster in a small Breton village, could have used it, or its twin ... Mind boggling.

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  • Gandhalfit
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    Congratulations on the march charge

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