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

Owner: suewharton

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Latest Blog Posts for Countdown to Shodan

  • The countdown has ended.....
    on Jun 15, 2011 in goodbye
    First I'd like to say a big thank you to everyone who has sent me their comments and congratulations following my shodan success.  I really appreciate the support and advice many of you have given me regarding my preparations for black belt test...
  • One proud lady owner of a.....
    on Jun 13, 2011 in shodan grading
    BLACK BELT!You know, I can hardly believe that what was such a huge mountain in front of me only 24 hours ago is now behind me! It feels amazing, shattering, but amazing all the same. As I write this I am looking at a huge certificate with my name on...
  • Some nutritional advice needed...
    on Jun 9, 2011 in nutrition
    I'm wondering if anyone can give me some advice about what food/drink supplies I should take with me on my grading? I will be getting up about 6.00am and having a good breakfast before we leave at 8.00am to travel to the grading centre. The grading s...
  • Just 5 days to go!
    on Jun 7, 2011 in progress reports
    Just five days to go!You may have noticed that I have changed the countdown in the sidebar to days rather than weeks. The grading is on Sunday and starts at 10.00am for the warm up. Since there are so many of us grading this time (about 19) we have b...
  • Progress report on my leg....Less than 2 weeks now to black belt grading! My injured leg had its first real test last night and held up pretty well. We went through all our combination techniques including the ones with the dreaded jump kicks that usually set my leg off again. T...
  • Sports Massage - ouch!I have a recurring quads injury in my right thigh. This 'pulled muscle' injury goes back about 8 weeks now and keeps getting better and then recurring again. It recurred again last week and has bothered me a lot during the last 3 karate classes.The a...
  • Tabata training
    on May 17, 2011 in interval training fitness program
    Have you heard of tabata training? It is a new concept to me. I was interested in finding out more about it after reading a little about it in a newspaper fitness supplement. I was particularly interested when I realised it was Japanese in origin.Tab...
  • Fear of failure or fear of success...I did a pre-dan grading course on Saturday to find out if I'm definitely ready for this black belt grading on June 12th. I have written my main report about this on my other blog: Pre-dan grading course - a dose of reality! but there are a few e...
  • Getting to grips with goshin waza
    on May 4, 2011 in karate training progress reports
    At class last night we got the chance to work on our goshin waza  (self-defence techniques). I had them more or less worked out in my head. Some of them were ones I'd learnt many months ago and some were fairly new. However, it doesn't matt...
  • Training review - flowing kata!
    on Apr 28, 2011 in karate training progress reports
    I've managed to get back to some useful training this week. There has been no karate classes at all this week due to the Easter break (and my instructor enjoying a break in Tuscany) so it has seemed even more important to do some training at home.My...
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