Bee's Training Log

Discussion in 'Training Logs' started by Brigid, Apr 17, 2015.

  1. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    I did basically no training except one session of chest - bench press and incline flies - in the last week. Too much Christmassy stuff going on and a rush to get work to an acceptable position before finishing for the holidays. I want to focus on my back and calves as the middle of my back is a weak spot. My calves are very tight and hurt when I stretch,, particularly the left one which may be a legacy on my Achilles’ tendon injury. So I am planning to do stretch every day to see what progress I can make. I also want to do my Dao yin most days for the health benefits. So that’s what I have done this morning. A set of Pilates exercises to warm and loosen up my back and calf stretches, followed by Dao yin.
  2. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    Classes started a week ago, and I am happy to be back in my training routine.

    1. Kung fu class last week was the monthly tcc class. We did no forms but focused on applications- taking some of the movements and doing drills around them to get to grips with the mechanics.

    2. I did only half of my weekly tcc class on Wednesday because I had a work meeting I had to go to. Laoshi was rearing to go after the break. So in addition to the usual warm up she added extra leg exercises. I am hoping to start to learn Kung fu fan form 2. It looks like a good form:

    We practiced 24 step form and considering how little I had practiced over the break, I felt good doing it. My teacher uses lots of metaphors to explain how to improve and her latest one is Viennese waltz, in terms of posture and expression. I find this approach works for me.

    3. This week’s Kung fu class was a return to buddha’s fist training. We start with a lot of leg stretching and then did cardio by 4 rounds of continuous kicking for two mins. Side kicks, hook kicks, front kicks. Followed by revising toe to toe sparring and then basic staff moves. I haven’t done much before. I know one basic form, so will need to try to practice this as we will be doing more training over the next few weeks. We finished the class with pushing hands.

    4. Re weights, just did legs this week.
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  3. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    This last week or so:

    • Three classes all tcc focused as we do tcc at my Kung fu class once a month. My tcc instructor continues to encourage us to work on the quality of our movements so is not using the standard 24 form music because it can distract because it has a certain structure and pace. It seems to be working. As a group we kept pace with each other well and she is emphasising a couple of points about focusing on footwork to underpin the power in these postures and also making sure we complete the posture to the full extent before moving on which is consistent with other previous classes.
    • In last night’s Kung fu class it was all about applications and pushing hands practice. On applications, we worked with different parts of the form to identify lots of different ways they could be used. This was followed by a session where different class members demonstrated something they had come up with. Some really great ideas. Then for pushing hands we did a couple of basic drills and worked on locks, pressure points and strikes to use if able to get your opponent off balance.
    • Outside of classes and because things have been really stressful and busy at work, I opted to do sessions of Qi gong and tcc most evenings this week to help me cope. I think it is useful, particularly the Qi gong exercises because of the way they make focus on breathing slowly.
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  4. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    I had such a nice tcc class today, I just wanted to log it. I was a couple of mins late so they had started Dao yin exercises, but it’s easy enough to join so no big deal. I joined for the fourth exercise which is called shooting the heart of the louse and includes a bow and arrow pose which is one of my favourites. What I really liked about the class was that as a group we were working well together and were in time both on fan form and on 24 step. I know this isn’t a particularly MA thing, but feeling good about doing my form and being in tune and in time with the rest of the group was a pretty good feeling for a Wednesday lunchtime.
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  5. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    Since last week, I have been a bit ill, with an ear infection. I missed my Kung fu class last week and was in bed for the weekend. I was better by Tuesday so did a weights session doing a mix of lunges, bench press, bicep curls, calf raises and tricep dips. I have a plan to change my routine around in this way to introduce a bit of challenge instead of focusing on one or two body parts at a time. See how it goes. Tai chi class was another good one. Sometimes we struggle to get through everything, but this week we did well. Started with 24 form to classical music. My instructor had found a piece which was just the right length. It is helping to bring out more lightness in my movements. We did a set of general health Qi gong exercises and fan form. With the extra time available she started to teach fan form 2. I am keen to learn this. It has more Chen moves in it - new for me.

    Kung fu yesterday was more buddha’s fist and buddha’s palm. Lots of drills. Simultaneous blocks and counters, blocking and attacking with one hand only and lots of toe to toe sparring. I was pretty tired by the time we finished and had sore traps. But feeling fine today.
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  6. Brigid

    Brigid Kung Fu Mother

    I skipped doing my weekend update because we had no Kung fu class last week, due to school half term, but I now have done two tcc classes, I have a bit more to talk about.

    Both TCC classes have continued to focus less on formal timings led by music, and more on developing a stronger personal sense of the right timing and flow of movements. Usually we use music with timings of movements included. But last week’s class we did dao yin without this. Surprisingly we kept to timing pretty well over the full 12 minutes the exercises take and then did 24 form to classical music again. Here is the piece she is using - Mozart piano concerto 21:

    We also worked on the timings in the fan form 1 to nail them down.

    This week’s class was a catch up of corrections from a recent seminar laoshi had been to. This was dao yin focused and was very useful. There was a big focus on spiralling the wrists in a number of movements and a couple of other corrections that should be useful, if I can make sure I embed them in my practice. 24 form to Mozart again. I was touch and go in terms of my concentration which got in the way of making the most of doing the form with my group. We did first section of fan form 2 which I have been watching somewhat (ie most chances I get) on YouTube. I have been watching Faye Yip, who is just great:

    I know you can’t solely learn these forms by watching but I find I make more progress if I get the general idea of the pattern so I can work on refining it in class.

    I did one weights session last week and have done two already this week. Still doing a mix of exercises for different body parts. It’s better when I do my weights regularly.
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