Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Randori, Newaza and Other Japanese Words I Don't Remember

All of me hurts.  Well, when I try to move.  This is specific to, but not limited to thighs, upper stomach, neck and upper arms.  Not to mention the bruises running pretty solid up my left arm.  Does that sound bad?  I think it's because that's the arm I usually break fall with.

Yeah, I'm back at judo. Item 46.

I might not be coming back with the obsession I had at 17.  I always wished I had a chance to start younger and train harder.  But, I've missed it.  Practicing this year will whip me back into some much needed shape.  I build muscle easily for a girl.  I miss my chiseled shoulders, and my masculine forearms.  Wait... what?

Maybe I'll fall in love with the sport all over again.  And if not I'll be able to leave some energy on the mat.  My Mom was never a big fan of her teenage daughter rolling around with sweaty guys, or the part where we try to choke each other unconscious.  But she once said it was good because it was an outlet for some of my fight.

if nothing else I'll leave healthier (unless I tear something in my knee).  Right now that's hard to remember when sitting down necessitates a five inch uncontrolled fall.  In a good way.

Maybe you'll see why I find judo beautiful.  This is the international competition scene, no choreography here.  I can understand why a match would be dull for someone who isn't a judoka, so feel free to check out these highlights.  Bobby says to warn you to turn on the mute.


Allison said...

Good for you Kris! i went for a really intense run today (Terry Fox is in a few days) and my lungs nearly gave out. I consider myself a decent runner - but man.

Anyways - I think it's awesome that you're revisiting an old passion.

Ella Unread said...

Wow!! Congrats tough Kris!! I had no idea you were so badass!! :D I wish I was but I am too whiney to practice that kind of sport...
I'm back!!!! :D

Riley Carson said...

I did mixed Martial Arts for a very long time, and I'll be honest - it's the best thing I've ever done. I'm too small to ever be that good at it, but it was a good outlet, and an amazing work out. I would do it again in a heartbeat.

Kris said...

Thanks girls! All your comments were great.

Good job with the running Allison! Ella, martial arts may seem tough but, honestly, I find it "easier" then running, or something (which doesn't hold my attention. I do better when I have a different goal and competition then just myself). So, for example, I admire Allison who sticks to something like that!

I've noticed you around. It's so nice you're back! You've been missed!

Riley, I find the go-getter attitude in your blog inspiring. It doesn't surprise me at all that you did MMA. :). Very cool.

Randa said...

That is so awesome! Good for you for going back and trying it again! I've always wanted to do something like this but my low tolerance for pain and dislike of being an amateur at things has really limited me taking on something new.


Miss Innocent said...

congrats!!! :)

i remember i traded my P.E classes from swimming to judo! hahaha

twas fun

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Anonymous said...

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Tabs A. Geek said...

I always wished my parents had signed me up for some form of martial arts. Maybe I wouldn't have gotten into so many fist fights in the past.

I've contemplated picking something up too when I have some spare time and some spare money.

I have a friend who does Tai Kwon Do... she had the opportunity to represent Canada in the Olympics she's so good. I love watching her fight, because there's so much more to it than just swinging and hitting and kicking.

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