If you follow me on Facebook, you know that I started training on my own again back in late August due to the physical demands of my new job at a local grocery store. Soon after starting, it became very apparent to me that if I did not take measures to get mussels back into shape, at my age I’d soon not be able to keep up.
Since then, I’ve lost about 20 pounds, I’m back to my 1 mile run, at 70 of my once 100 pushups per day, and I’ve been doing forms daily. I do NOT feel like I’m 44 years old.
Today at the park where I do forms to break up my run, I noticed in introspect that I was once again able to put myself on autopilot and let my body run through the form for me, which is something I haven’t been able to do since 2012. That’s a good thing. For me, doing forms like that is as spiritually charging as my daily prayer. I’m particularly enjoying the feeling. It’s meditation.
As of today’s date, my plan is to return to my proficiency in all forms that I had to learn in order to reach the rank of master in Tang Soo Do. I also plan to revisit all of the basic techniques that make up the skeleton of the art.
I’m still dealing with a poorly healed rotator cuff tear on my left shoulder, which I’ll eventually have to get examined and fixed, but I’m finding that the stronger I get, the less it bothers me. That’s a definite relief. Years ago, I used to toy with the idea of ceasing all physical activity, getting out of shape on purpose and seeing if I could bring myself back. 2016 has shown me that I actually can. Instead of feeling like I’m growing older, I feel strong again, I feel fast, and I feel centered. Such is the advantage of the martial artist.
Let’s see where this goes, shall we?