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2009-02-20

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Walk with me and talk with me as I follow the budo path. (This blog was formerly called Kick Ass.. SueC - Journey to Black Belt)

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A blog to plan, document and analyse my training as I countdown to my karate shodan grading in 2011

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  • Farewell!
    on Feb 14, 2015
    I haven't posted to this blog for about 1 year now and felt that I shouldn't just leave without saying goodbye.I have been busy training to be an artist (a childhood dream) and I have just set up a small creative business. This is why I haven't had t...
  • Matt's sponsored 100 press-up challenge!
    on Mar 20, 2014
    Last week my son, Matt, did his sponsored 100 press-up challenge in front of our karate class as part of his fundraising efforts for his Kilimanjaro challenge.I thought he made an heroic effort to achieve this challenge as he found it harder than he...
  • Kilimanjaro 2014 challenge
    on Jan 24, 2014
    Hi, so sorry to be absent so long, life has just been so busy these last few months!This blog post is a shameless appeal to promote my son's fundraising appeal - well, you know we mother's will do anything to help our offspring!My 18 year old son is...
  • Something to say!
    on Dec 2, 2013
    Sorry I haven’t been blogging for a while. It’s partly because we have had some illness in the family, partly because of college commitments and partly because I haven’t had anything interesting to blog about recently – with over 200 posts un...
  • Martial Art or Self-Defence?Is there a difference between learning a martial art and learning self-defence? No! You all cry, by learning a martial art you are learning self-defence, they are (or should be) the same thing. But are they, really? I don’t think they are...
  • End of summer training.....We’re getting towards the end of summer training now – just one more week to go… Summer training was a concept my instructor introduced to our club a few years ago to help deal with the drop in student numbers over the summer holiday period.&nb...
  • Some eclectic karate musings....Sorry I haven’t blogged in a while, it’s just been a busy time with holidays (had a week in Malta – very nice, and a weekend visiting a vineyard – yes we can make wine here); decorating (new bathroom and decorating my son’s bedroom); garden...
  • Karate punching is like swimming...Image from: https://www.boundless.com/physics/the-laws-of-motion/newton-s-laws/the-third-law-symmetry-in-forces/ How many times has your sensei told you that the power of your punch should originate from the ground? That you draw power from the gro...
  • on Jun 5, 2013 in self defense Notices
    I just wanted to bring your attention to a new blog that I have been following on women's self-defence. As I have mentioned in previous posts I don't think that martial arts training easily meets the self-defence needs of women and traditional martia...
  • A blog worth reading...
    on Jun 5, 2013 in self defense Notices
    I just wanted to bring your attention to a new blog that I have been following on women's self-defence. As I have mentioned in previous posts I don't think that martial arts training easily meets the self-defence needs of women and traditional martia...
  • Pre-dan for Nidanhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:SMirC-thumbsdown.svg On Saturday I had my pre-dan course. This is an assessment of your ability to meet the standard for the dan grading a few weeks later. Like I mentioned in a previous blog, I was expecting...
  • A kid's sparring alternative...Kid’s love sparring don’t they? Their faces light up when they are told to get their sparring mitts on and they run off enthusiastically to fetch them out of their bags. Though I'm not a huge fan of sports karate for adults I do thi...
  • Should nidan grading feel less stressful than shodan grading?
    on Apr 21, 2013
    Why does training for nidan feel so different to training for shodan? I am currently training in preparation for taking my nidan grading in June. Strangely it feels a much more low-key event than my shodan grading nearly two years ago…yes, it reall...
  • Why do we.........observe reishiki?In general terms reishiki refers to the demonstration of good etiquette or ‘correct behaviours’ in a traditional martial art dojo or club. This can be anything from knowing the correct way to enter or leave the training area, how to address your...
  • Like a light switch...
    on Mar 20, 2013
    I've always been fascinated by how the brain works and how we can try to get the best out of our brains, or more specifically: how we can get the best out of our minds. In recent years science has revealed that our brains are much more pliab...
  • One body, two minds.We often talk about the practice of budo but what exactly is budo and what is its purpose? My current understanding of budo is this: At the heart of budo is the premise that the biggest battle we face in our lives is not with the enemy outside but...
  • I'm a woman, not a small man!
    on Feb 18, 2013
    Do you think that martial arts are institutionally sexist? I'm not saying that they are or that they’re not, I'm just asking the question. I sometimes feel like a square peg in a round hole when it comes to my training and t...
  • Taiji seminar revisited...
    on Feb 5, 2013
    Following my last posting on taiji, Joe Harte has kindly written to me and filled in a few gaps in my understanding. I thought I would share them with you. Below is a re-post of my original post with Joe's comments inserted in blue type.... Joe H...
  • My experiences of a taiji seminar
    on Jan 29, 2013
    Last Saturday my husband and I attended a taiji seminar in Durham with experienced taiji instructor Joe Harte, whom I met and become acquainted with through my activities with the annual Marfest event last year. We like to talk about internal and...
  • Seipai in the snow!
    on Jan 21, 2013
    I don't know about you but we've had a lot of snow this last few days (about 6 inches). It has bought the usual travel chaos and school closures but it has also created a beautiful winter wonderland! My sensei texted me this morning to say that clas...
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