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Nemesis Defeated!

It's probably marginally misleading to claim a couple of blocks of concrete as a nemesis... I mean it's not like they kicked my dog or raped my sister. Still, they've been mocking me for weeks now with their strong and sturdy construction designed for paving stones.

 (look at the damn's practially laughing at me!) 

I however, had the last laugh!

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Karate: The Big Three

It's the big three in karate and most martial arts, and I get to do all three in a month!

1. First, Grading

First is Kihon - which I probably find the hardest, I'm stiff and nervous and my 'warm up' with one of the senpai has left me a little out of breath. Soon I remember what I'm doing though and start to relax a bit.

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First Tournament

I'm sore all over....well, sore in one foot and a little in the nose really. I entered my first karate tournament in the weekend, and (unsurprisingly) lost. Highlights included:

  • Having my nose broken (just the cartilage, not the bone) by the New Zealand Karate team captain.
  • Knocking down an opponent so hard when he 'came round' his first words were "what happened?" (he was only out for about two seconds - so I'm not so much of a bully as all that!)
  • Losing a fight due to penalties
  • Having two fights stopped early due to excessive bleeding (on my part - and these were fights I was definitely losing anyway)

I scored only a few 'real' points but I was pretty happy all up for a first attempt.

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It's that time again, when for some reason I feel compelled to expose the inner workings of my mind (such as it is) to my audience (such as it is).

Youtube - you've all done it, don't pretend you haven't - you've gone to youtube and typed in ‘fight'....and of course you get a bear fight, or maybe some American teenagers.

After you browse around a bit you get more and more specific, typing in

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The urge to fight

Almost every (male) martial arts practitioner I've spoken to has described the same thing to me - that being during their early years they actually felt more inclined to start a random fight than before when they had no training, but this feeling dissipated over time.

This is probably why it's drilled into us to show both humility and confidence in equal measures (and avoid conflict where possible). I suspect that these warnings are so hammered home because if they weren't male colour belts would be far more likely to have a nasty experience.

My thoughts on this are as follows: People want to fight because they don't know what the outcome is, or it's in doubt. No one has the urge to fight a child or a ninety year old. This is because you know what the outcome will be. But you see some obnoxious drunk in a bar and you think ‘I probably could'..... but you don't know for sure, so you have the urge to find out.

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