The Road to ISKF Canadian Nationals 2009
I’ve dediced I’m going to go to the ISKF Canadian National Shotokan Karate Championships in Calgary in October. In preparation, I’m ramping up my practice from my regular schedule to get in the best form possible. Since its 5 months away, I’m going to chronicle the journey as I go along.
My foci right now are:
- Plyometrics: my first order of business is to meet up with a physician who can tell me how much will be too much. Plyometrics is a potentially damaging road intended for middle-to-high end athletes. I’m neither, so I have to decide how I can leverage it without hurting myself.
- More Sparring: self explanatory I think. I need to expand my repetoire and increase my speed. Ideally, the plyometrics will help with that.
- Taking Up Yoga: flexibility, centerness, and understanding. Master Funakoshi wrote “Know yourself first, then you can know others“. There are still times when I don’t know what I’m capable of, or how to get my body to do something its not familiar with. I’ll need to find myself and understand my body better before I can compete at my best.
- Picking a Kata: I’ve been juggling a few kata lately, practicing some, learning others. I will need to pick 2 tokui kata to focus on for the next 5 months (in addition to the standard competition kata) if I’m going to have any chance of perfecting them. I’m going to get Sensei Dan’s input on this.
This will be my first nationals as a black belt while others will be competing for the fifth time, or more, as a black belt. I don’t have any delusions about coming home with hardware, but if I don’t try for it, I definitely won’t come home with any. My goal is that within 4 or 5 years, I can get at least a bronze. I’ve always been very goal oriented :)
From now on I’ll try to post updates with improvements in my karate abilities as I see them. Now I just need a benchmark…