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Coming Up, From Green to Blue Martial Arts | My Life 15 MAY 2010

Eish, I didn’t realise that my next grading is literally lurking around the corner. This time around I’ll be pushing for my blue belt under the Funakoshi style and by the sounds of it, the amount of people grading out of my class appears to be pretty small – so I’m quite motivated to do as well as possible come the big day.

One teensy hassle though. The new expanded syllabus under Edwin Ward means a new expanded grading, and according to the list handed out by sensei Birgitt at training, this means that on the night I have to solo tackle four way kicking (mae-geri keage/yoko-geri keage), grading form F4A (yoko-geri keage), grading form F4B (ren-geri), kata 4, kamae kata 1, kamae kata 2 and finally kihon sanbon zuki which is bascially three step moving basics focussing on uchi-uke/gyaku zuki and soto-uke/gyaku zuki.

Phew, talk about a truck load of solo work I need to know and perform on the night, all on my lonesome and with no one to crib off should my mind do its usual wandering off trick! As it stands, I’m not entirely sure that I am in fact ready on about half of the things needed to grade on, so I’m pretty much going to have to roll up my sleeves and put in some extra practice whenever I can in these last upcoming days.

One thing is for sure though, I really, really want to move up to the next step – still got a long way to go before I finally reach a more respectable belt colour! :P

So, come Friday evening, 4th of June 2010, you know where you’ll find me – sweating in the middle of the practice hall, showing off my skills and hoping to crack the nod from the black belt instructors.

Can’t wait! :)

Weekend in Review: Birthday Bash My Life 08 DEC 2009

Retha-playing-SingstarActually, the past weekend ended up being a pretty good one. While Chantelle was being introduced to the world of Twilight courtesy of Andri and Tygervalley (Oh my God, she’s come back a ‘Twihard’) on Friday night, I entertained myself by fiddling around with the blogs, watching anime and playing some Yakuza back home, in other words granting me the perfect opportunity to sneak in some KFC for supper for a change. (Ah, missing the days of bachelorhood already! :P)

Saturday then quickly followed up, kicking off with a great Green belt grading at the Masonic Hall in Strand (which Chantelle actually came through to watch!), followed by a shopping trip to the Mall which saw us purchasing a beautiful lounge coffee table – which I naturally took straight home to assemble! (Flat-packs tend to bring the manliness out of a man I find :P)

After having sweated it out for a bit and with a brand spanking new coffee table adorning the middle of our lounge, I then decided that the time for an early Christmas present for myself was upon us and so I hit the road once more, back to the mall where I triumphantly emerged from Incredible Connection’s doors, clutching my newly purchased black XBOX 360 Elite (plus Mirror’s Edge).

Of course, I didn’t exactly have oodles of time to actually switch the thing on of course (just enough time to plug it in and check that it’s working in the end), as Saturday night was pencilled in as being the main celebration for Chantelle’s 29th birthday happening on Sunday – meaning a whole lot of work for us and tons of fun for the friends! :)

So as per usual, it was bring-n-braai time at 45 Nagua Bay and with the help of Rob who took over as tongmaster for the night, we had a very successful party that featured Dean, a very pregnant Zania, Terrance, Damen, Michelle, Karl, Trish, Rob, Retha, Evan, Natasha, a present-drunk Chantelle and myself of course. One thing I need to mention is that our wedding photos and DVD had arrived on Friday, meaning that Chantelle had most of the girls wrapped around the telly for a good portion of the night, though eventually natural selection broke though and as per usual Terrance and Trish got their way and trusty old Singstar was hauled out of its box and Gordon’s Bay was treated once again to the cacophony that only Craig can bring when he has a microphone in hand!

Despite having broken my heart earlier by ripping up my neatly glued down telephone wire (which I intensely laboured to complete last weekend if you remember), we did allow Retha to sleep over by us, who joined the other sleepover candidate Rob, who kind of deserved a spot on the couch thanks to his earlier stirling efforts behind the Weber of course. (Though we did only get to bed quite late – I was doing dishes while the others watched through the wedding DVD – and boy was my speech long! :D)

Sunday morning was spent whipping the flat back into shape in anticipation of a later coffee visit from the Montgomery parentals (using our new coffee table of course! :P), but the absolutely splendid sunshine-filled afternoon was however spent in the picturesque Franschhoek, where Monty and Cheryl (they were the only ones that could join us on the day) met us at the laid back La Brasserie restaurant where we enjoyed some bottles of fine wine, exquisite food and good company in general.

Back home and it was once more more wedding photos and DVD viewing (with coffee, lots of coffee. And chocolates, lots of chocolates) and after Monty and Cheryl finally left (hey, my speech is long. Deal with it! :P), Chantelle and I settled in to finally celebrate the last couple of hours of her birthday with just the two of us present.

And speaking of presents, she absolutely loves the beautiful little 7″ Transcend digital photo frame I gave her – though I’ll talk more about that little piece of hardware later in my CodeUnit blog methinks.

(Oh, and Mirror’s Edge really is awesome. Finally sneaked some game time in late Sunday night. Very, very cool!)

la-brasserie-view

Upping the Level: Green Martial Arts | My Life 07 DEC 2009

On Saturday morning I successfully graded for my Green belt in Funakoshi Karate, the nicest grading I’ve undertaken yet, simply because Chantelle took the time to come and support me at karate, the very first time she has done so since I’ve returned to the sport following my knee blow-out all that while ago.

Since our split from Funakoshi South Africa to join up with Funakoshi International, naturally our numbers are looking pretty thin at the moment and as such we found ourselves grading in the considerably smaller than normal venue, Masonic Hall in Strand come Saturday morning, 10:00 am sharp. Of course this impacted heavily on the amount of space available for spectators and participants alike, but it did force everyone closer together and this added a nice community-like spirit to the day’s proceedings, so it actually make for quite a lekker grading get together.

Naturally there were far fewer karateka taking part in the grading and so I didn’t have too much time to blink before we finished the last of the orange belts and I got the call up to strut my stuff. Now at this point in time I need to admit that this was the very first grading where I wasn’t crystal clear on either the grading form or kata that I needed to perform, so much so that I actually had to sneak out of the hall and put in a few practice rounds just to get everything right in my head! (So in other words, the three weeks away from karate practice thanks to wedding and honeymoon really did come back to haunt me after all!)

Anyway, in the end everything went pretty okay, my kiba-dachi 1 grading form ran fairly smoothly and my kata 2 went okay – though I was properly pissed off with myself at starting it off figuratively on the wrong foot by forgetting to focus in the correct direction right at the start of the sequence, thus putting me off my stride just that little and unfortunately making me race through the steps a little faster and a lot more untidy than what I had hoped to do.

But it was good enough, Chantelle was suitable impressed (though she is quite bemused at how the rather varied levels of competency on display all managed to pass the same test) and I’m now the proud owner of a Green rank in the Funakoshi Karate style.

One step closer to the true starting line in other words! :)

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Some of the karateka making up Funakoshi Gordon's Bay