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  • King_Wilco
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    Originally posted by TopNotch View Post
    Day 797

    ​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 20 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 20 Total Burn

    Still the 1-steps. Held the orange board for daughter who made her five breaks, but only broke one on the green board, tried another, didn't manage, and refused to try any more. Well, she just has to work a bit more with the orange until she breaks it consistently and then she can break her green. It's a pity she can't hold a board for me.
    Did more maths. We had 10% chance of rain on this warm, sunny day so I put towels on the line and, sure enough, we had a sudden downpour! Good thing towels feel and smell so good after a rain-water rinse.
    Day 797?! It's the C O N S I S T E N C Y for me ​​​​​​​. Well documented

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 797

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 20 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 20 Total Burn

    Still the 1-steps. Held the orange board for daughter who made her five breaks, but only broke one on the green board, tried another, didn't manage, and refused to try any more. Well, she just has to work a bit more with the orange until she breaks it consistently and then she can break her green. It's a pity she can't hold a board for me.
    Did more maths. We had 10% chance of rain on this warm, sunny day so I put towels on the line and, sure enough, we had a sudden downpour! Good thing towels feel and smell so good after a rain-water rinse.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 796

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 19 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 19 Total Burn

    Today's focus continued to be the 1-steps. With them still pretty fresh in my mind from last night, it was quite easy. Except for #4 and #5 which I still need to work on.
    Daughter had some maths homework so while she did hers, I did some of mine. Also finished another jigsaw. And a spot of Duolingo. That was it for today.

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Lady Celerity I am baffled as to why these are called californians! Basically relays. There is a number of points along each line/lane at which a certain activity is to be performed, so for example, run up to point A, do 2 jumping jacks, run back to start, then go to point B, do 4 jumping jacks, run back to start, run to point C, do 6 jumping jacks, back to start, then next person goes. Sometimes, everyone does the point A part before the point B part is started. Either way, there is a lot of running back and forth! Sometimes, we just have to touch the point with a hand before running back; sometimes we do a mix of exercises - 2 jumping jacks at point A, 4 burpees at point B, 2 180° turns at point C - it all depends on how tough the coach is feeling!
    Thanks for explaining. Maybe they're called californians because we're always in a hurry!

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 795

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 18 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 18 Total Burn

    Mastery training. Of course, it had to be! I'd looked over and practised 1-step #1, and watched 1-step #2, and saw the beginning of 1--step #3 but hadn't gone into #4 or #5 yet, so was it any surprise when it was announced we would be working the 1-steps tonight! We started with doing pattern a few times, then pattern 7 a couple of times and finished with three rounds of pattern 5. Hey, by the last round, I got it right! Then on to the 1-steps. The coach would show it, then we'd do it a couple of times, then we'd do it with a partner. It's so much easier with a partner because you can see where you are blocking and striking. Much harder on your own! As these are 1-steps, the attack is just one move - a step forward and punch (that sounds like two moves but it's not really!). Coaches and instructors are always addressed as "sir" (regardless of gender) but no-one else is, even if it's someone who's helping you. My partner (who was a first dan) just kept calling me "sir" any time I said anything to him, which I found a bit odd, especially as I'm a lower belt. Anyway, I stumbled through #1 and #2, and we were just getting into practicing #3 when the coaches realised the time. A quick show of #4 to refresh our memories and then we were out.

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  • TopNotch
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    Lady Celerity I am baffled as to why these are called californians! Basically relays. There is a number of points along each line/lane at which a certain activity is to be performed, so for example, run up to point A, do 2 jumping jacks, run back to start, then go to point B, do 4 jumping jacks, run back to start, run to point C, do 6 jumping jacks, back to start, then next person goes. Sometimes, everyone does the point A part before the point B part is started. Either way, there is a lot of running back and forth! Sometimes, we just have to touch the point with a hand before running back; sometimes we do a mix of exercises - 2 jumping jacks at point A, 4 burpees at point B, 2 180° turns at point C - it all depends on how tough the coach is feeling!

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  • Lady Celerity
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    Day 794



    Taekwondo training. Warm-ups were californians with jumping jacks, tuck jumps, and mario jumps. .
    As a native Californian could you explain what a californian is? Is it a press exercise?

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 794

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 17 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 17 Total Burn

    Taekwondo training. Warm-ups were californians with jumping jacks, tuck jumps, and mario jumps. Joint warm-ups and then a lap of lunging stretches that were quite fun. Partnered up, and facin each other, did instep kick, first one person then the other until we'd each done 10 but my partner and I didn't count and always just ended up stopping because everyone else had stopped. Another round but faster, and a third round to get the sweat really running. We did the same with turning kick, then one person held out a hand at mid-section height for the other to kick with turning kick, 10 each person then swap. I think we only did that twice. The coach then had us do a couple of laps of ball turning kick. Normally turning kick is done with pointed toes and the target is hit with the instep; ball turning kick is different in that the toes are pulled back and the target is struck by the ball of the foot. The coach said it was as though we were wearing high heels! So the foot is pointed and then, without changing the angle of the foot, the toes are pulled back. After we had practiced this a bit, we had to pull out the boards and do it on them. As we had just learnt this, the angle at which we approached the board was more like 45° rather than side on (nobody wanted to risk breaking toes instead of boards!). And I found it rather easy. Admittedly, we were just using orange boards. My partner and I played around with this a few times, each side, and when my partner couldn't break it one time, she got cranky and kicked wildly and (ouch) kicked my little finger. There is a small bruise on the top of the distal phalanx and a beautiful blue/purple one of the outer side. I bruise nicely. Anyway, after kicking the board a bit, I broke it with a bear claw and an elbow strike, then someone suggested a knife hand strike which I had never done on a board before. But, as I said, it was only an orange board so I gave it a go and went right through but oh! that hurt!
    (Okay. I've mentioned boards occasionally recently. What are they then? We use rebreakable boards - much cheaper and more sustainable, and they make less mess! For grading, I have to break a blue board which is the equivalent of 1¼" pine board; a green is 1"; brown is 1¾" and black is 2¼". And orange board is a bit thinner and easier to break. Eventually, after about 1000 breaks, these boards become too loose to be useful and have to be replaced.)
    After our fun with boards, we did a bit more stretching and then, just because she could, the coach had us do 8 push-ups. Why 8? Well, she just said (and did as she said) "Up" and "down" and probably didn't think about the number, and it was just a little finisher.

    I'm fairly confident with my 3-steps, though I realised today that I ought to be doing the advanced version of number 5, so had to go over that a few times. Wish I were more confident with my 1-steps. My self-defences are pretty okay, I think. Still, got just over three weeks.

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  • Anek
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    Awwwww

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  • BlackButler
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    awww the 'yin yang' my favourite cute cate position

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  • PetiteSheWolf
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    Ha, comfy kitties claiming the car seat! They're very pretty.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 793

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 16 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 16 Total Burn

    A quiet, gentle day today - which was good because oh! my bum!! All that work yesterday on those secondary muscles, mostly the holds and those wall drills, did for my side glutes. Total Burn didn't help what with those side leg raises. A grey day so I did lots of maths again.

    And because it's been a while...
    This is what happens when you finally remove the child seat from your car but don't get rid of it quickly enough!
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  • TopNotch
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    Day 792

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 15 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 15 Total Burn

    Taekwondo training. Still a bit congested but not so bad, and I simply couldn't miss another day! Daughter was a bit too cough-y so she reluctantly stayed home. Brief bit of running to warm-up, then the old joint warm-up that we used to do every class but hardly ever do now. 20 jumping jacks, then 20 pre-squats. I only did 10 pre-squats and then 10 plain ordinary squats because I couldn't realy breathe well by then. Next was instep kick up the line, two laps. Followed was hopping with front leg held up in cut-kick position. I hate this. I can hold my leg up nicely, no problem, so long as you don't expect me to hop at the same time! When hopping, the support foot generally points at either a 90° angle or greater, so that the heel kind of leads. I'm totally rubbish at this (it's sparring stuff, and gives me so much trouble) but I made a fair fist of it. Better hopping on my left than my right. Or was it that I was better holding up my right leg than my left? Option then of cut kicks or side kicks. I did side kicks, working on good prep. Then it was cut kick down the line but I stepped back because I was feeling a bit bushed. I did my kicks just standing by the wall. Seemed I have foreshadowed what the coach wanted us to do next, because we all had to grab the wall, and we started with one leg in side kick prep position (knee pointing to the side) and then rotated the hip so the knee pointed up. Thirty seconds of that each side. That went okay, but after working our secondary muscles, the coach then had us hold a side kick position, again, 30 seconds each side. Now the first side is fine, but by the time you get to the other side, that support leg is already tired and then has to hold itself up high. Phew. After that, once we were able to walk again , the coach wanted us to focus on the doouble side kick of Koryo. We did a few laps of that and I was fairly pleased, though of course, I can improve. Then we partnered up, got two paddles, and did front foot and back foot side kicks to them. This was preparatory to the final event of the evening - board breaking. I don't really like board breaking and that's because I'm not so good at it. We don't tend to do it at all except around Mastery - once a year. So I started with one board two less than what I should - orange rather than blue. Anyway, with a side kick, I broke that with each foot with ease, so I went up to a green board. I have, apparently, the technique; my problem is that I tend to hold back with my kicks rather than kicking through. Once I kick through, though, it's fine. Finally, the coach wanted to watch us all break a board with a side kick. Yikes! The holder reached behind himself when it was my turn, and I thought he was reaching for the blue board behind him but he was actually reaching for the orange. But I'd quickly decided that yes, I'd do the blue board, so I had him hold that. I broke the blue board first go with the right, but after three tries with the left, I had to leave it. No matter, so long as I break with board with a side kick it doesn't matter which foot.

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  • TopNotch
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    Day 791

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ Challenge:
    - Day 14 Better Abs
    ​​​​​​​ Programme:
    - Day 14 Total Burn

    Again, quite a bit of maths. Just felt in the mood. Not so much language today. It was a public holiday so the girls were off school. My younger girl got bored and played around with the battle rope and then I tried to get her to do an assisted pull-up but even with all three bands she couldn't do it. I did one to show her how and she complained that a big person was getting in her way. I prefer "tall". Reminded me that perhaps this is something I should put on my list for next term.
    I often do incidental bits of exercise, often doing calf raises while waiting for the kettle to boil. Today I found myself working the transition from ready stance to cat stance, but only left side. No idea why. Think my body just said that as I keep doing this sort of thing now, I may as well keep doing it all the time! Glad it didn't continue with the ball kick into long stance because there's not much room in my kitchen!
    Only four weeks to go...

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