Year of Bruce http://www.yearofbruce.com Discovering myself by following his path Wed, 15 May 2013 19:48:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.5.2 Recovering from the Blister http://www.yearofbruce.com/recovering-from-the-blister/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=recovering-from-the-blister http://www.yearofbruce.com/recovering-from-the-blister/#comments Wed, 15 May 2013 19:48:14 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=70 I discovered that I had actually developed two blisters. One of them was right behind my big toe on the front pad of my left foot. It was round and covered half of the pad. It was nice and robust…

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I discovered that I had actually developed two blisters. One of them was right behind my big toe on the front pad of my left foot. It was round and covered half of the pad. It was nice and robust and basically prevented walking for the next two days. The other was toward the center of my foot and sent sharp pains in response to my attempts to investigate further.

These were the two push off points for my sparring combinations. It was solid evidence that I was pushing off properly. This sinister evidence also prevented me from practicing any kata or sparring combinations for the next several days. I spent the two days afterward walking on the outside blade of my left foot like some sort of hobbled circus performer. This created such an odd habit that when I shifted back to regular walking, I found myself putting too much weight on the outside of my left foot. I think I’ve corrected this, but please tell me if you think I’m walking funny.

I’ve been running and strength training while waiting for the blister to disappear. While this may not sound bad, the lack of karate practice has made it a very frustrating period. You see, the mirrors in the aerobics room at the gym (aka secret dojo), have displayed my flaws. My stances are too high. I need to square my shoulders more. The whole opening of the kata looks flat. Time is precious! I’m not sure if I can change all this in the six weeks before Nationals, but at least I can try.

But this dreaded blister is holding me back. Today is different. I think the blister in gone. Time for more kata and sparring drills.

May 14, 2013

I’m getting better at the 1965 Hak Keung Gymnasium workout. I’ve even started increasing some of the weights. I’m now doing 30 pound concentration curls (6 reps, 4 sets). What’s tough about the workout is how many exercises there are. There are 13 exercises for a total of 51 sets. I’ve now put the pushups at the end of the workout and when I get to that point, I struggle to get to the 20 reps on the first of the three sets. I imagine that this causes much amusement for the all the people stretching and doing plyometrics in the aerobics room.

Earbuds are in and I’m blasting the complex rhythms of obscure indie rock. I think I’m grunting and scaring the woman next to me who has been stretching for 30 minutes. No yoga, just stretching. Strange. This is not the vibe she’s looking for. She leaves. More room for me. Nice.

Right foot forward. Step up with the back leg, lead punch. Right leg forward, reverse left punch. Right roundhouse to the head. It looks like my flexibility is coming back. I think I’m consistently making it to head level on the kick (best way to get a full point!). The blister’s gone, but I can feel the loose skin from the former blister, moving around and wanting to tear away. I was hoping it would be a solid callous by now. Against my nature, I decide to proceed with caution.

 

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The gym is a little grimy. It’s a well known gym, so one might expect less dirt, but this location is in the lowest tier of the empire. It has been forgotten. But as I mentioned before, at $14 per month, the grime to price ratio still warranted joining. And I have grown fond of this gym. It has the basics: free weights and some machines. That’s all I need for Year of Bruce. And it also has one surprising treasure, the aerobics room.

It’s 1500 square feet of neglected possibility. I suspect the other gyms are attracting people who are willing to drop at least $75 per month for trendy classes, such as the dreaded Zumba (with a name reminiscent of Godzilla’s rivals, it was destined for evil). My gym is unburdened by such things. It seems that less trendy classes also means less classes in general. This is good for me. The space can be recommissioned. Recommissioned into a perfect makeshift dojo. Lots of space, hardwood, and mirrors. An empty canvas.

May 3, 2013

After finishing the 1965 Hak Keung Gymnasium workout, I headed for this new dojo. After some pushups and sit-ups, I started working on my evasion combination for sparring. I’m still a ways from 10,000 reps, but I can certainly knock out another 100 today. With my right leg forward, I fade my left foot behind me while leading with my right punch. The left leg comes up a half step followed by left reverse punch to the body. “Don’t telegraph with the front foot, don’t telegraph with the front foot.” I keep repeating this mantra. Such a bad habit and according to my teacher, my undoing this season. At about 60 reps, the pad of my left foot starts to tingle, then little sharp pains hit as I push off. A blister is forming. I’ve been training in shoes outdoors too much. This revelation dawns on me as I start to worry about finishing my goal. I push through to 100. I had planned on practicing kata, but that may have to wait a day.

As I finish the 100th rep, a Capoeira practitioner enters. He knows of this secret dojo. I’m happy to see another dedicated martial artist, but I also feel a little territorial. Doesn’t he know this is a secret karate dojo. Oblivious to this fact, he starts doing handstands, throwing his legs in the air. Although he is on the other side of my secret dojo, I know a dance off has been called. It’s clearly the time to demonstrate my style’s kicks. Facing the mirror, I watch both of us as I lead punch with my right, step up with my left, drive the left punch to my mirror doppleganger’s midsection, and then a right leg round house kick to my mirror self’s head. Crisp and hard, very Japanese. It makes for a nice contrast to his loose Brazilian style. Then, at about 10 reps, the pain from the blister starts to shout warnings at me, “The skin will tear soon.” Time to stop. This dance off will be continued.

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Ultimate Day of Focus and Discipline (almost) http://www.yearofbruce.com/ultimate-day-of-focus-and-discipline-almost/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=ultimate-day-of-focus-and-discipline-almost http://www.yearofbruce.com/ultimate-day-of-focus-and-discipline-almost/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 21:08:35 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=62 It took some time, but I accomplished 4/7ths of the Bruce Lee Ultimate Day of Focus and Discipline (trademark pending). And I’m still quite sore. The 4/7ths version includes meditation, strength training, cardio, and karate training. As I alluded to…

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It took some time, but I accomplished 4/7ths of the Bruce Lee Ultimate Day of Focus and Discipline (trademark pending). And I’m still quite sore. The 4/7ths version includes meditation, strength training, cardio, and karate training. As I alluded to previously, these activities must accomplished in one day. “Why,” you may ask, “must one accomplish all of this in just one day.” I have no idea, except to say that Bruce said so. Remember, this is only the beginning, I must find a way to fit the 3/7 in as well. In spite of the soreness.

What type of Superman was this Bruce Lee? I struggle to stay awake after only half  a day of life as Bruce. Now I am beginning to see how the Year of Bruce implies a total life transformation and some access to limitless amounts of energy (would a Diet Rockstar per day really be so bad?).

At least I’m getting through the entire 1965 Hak Keung Gymnasium workout. That takes 90 minutes. And my run took 60 minutes. This was the shortened version. And the karate workout took 45 minutes. Again, the shortened version. With recovery periods and eating to maintain my energy, this took me from noon to 5 pm. 5 hours minus 2.25 hours = 2.75 hours for recovery and eating (and the internet may have been in there somewhere).

Apparently, I’m a slow eater and I need a lot of recovery time (and internet). You see, my legs are not quite working today. It seems that the 4/7ths workout blasts my legs, tremendously. Squats, then karate stances, then running up hill will have an impact, I’ve now learned. They are already big, I wonder what’s going to happen to them? Will they get even bigger or just more toned? I guess I’ll find out if I start bursting out of my pants like the Incredible Hulk.

April 29, 2013

Up early to meditate. I’m working on counting. Have you tried counting breaths? I’m discovering that it’s so much harder than it sounds. You see, in meditation, counting breaths means just that and nothing else. It’s 6 am, I still don’t love 6 am. And it seems that when I’m tired, the mind wanders even more than usual. I’m doubling my counts, hoping that there is no room for thought to enter.

In – “Onnnnnne.” Out – “Onnnnnnne.” In – “Twoooooo.” Out -”They see me rollin’/They hatin’/Patrollin’/’They’re to catch me ridin dirty/Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty/Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty/Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty/Tryin’ to catch me ridin’ dirty.”

I don’t even like Chamillionaire. Why am I being tortured by his catchy, catchy lyrics?! OK. In – “Onnnnne.” Out – “Onnnnne.” In – “Two.” Out – “Two.” “OK, I’m doing it!” Oh no, I just thought about not thinking, therefore I’m thinking. In – “One.” Out – Eyes close, I almost fall off my cushion. “So tired, I want my bed back!” Somewhere in this battle with myself, my alarm goes off. Fifteen minutes, done. Let’s try again tomorrow.

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The Art of Practicing http://www.yearofbruce.com/the-art-of-practicing/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=the-art-of-practicing http://www.yearofbruce.com/the-art-of-practicing/#comments Thu, 25 Apr 2013 00:45:08 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=45 The first time I ready Zen and the Art of Archery (Herrigel, 1948) I was mostly confused. I was actually a lot confused. It was 1993 and I had just received my yellow belt from my teacher in the Pacific…

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The first time I ready Zen and the Art of Archery (Herrigel, 1948) I was mostly confused. I was actually a lot confused. It was 1993 and I had just received my yellow belt from my teacher in the Pacific Martial Arts, a very traditional school, which focuses most of its training on the core art of Washin-Ryu Karate-do. As a reward, my instructor had given me the lower belt reading list and told me to read Zen in the Art of Archery first. I know for some of you this may sound like a slightly boring read, but given my yearning for what I believed were the mystical secrets embedded in the Asian martial arts, I thought that I had just been given access to the first of the many secret texts to come. Plus, my teacher had told me that this very book summarized the core of our art! This would be the first step on my new path, a path focused on knocking people down with my eyes and developing kiais (shouts) that will break bones. Finally, it begins!

Then I got to page 4:

“And consequently by the ‘art’ of archery he does not mean the ability of the sportsman, which can be controlled more or less, by bodily exercises, but an ability whose origin is to be sought in spiritual exercises and whose aim consists of hitting a spiritual goal, so that fundamentally the marksman aims at himself and may even succeed at hitting himself.”

“OK, you lost me on that last part,” I thought. How do I fundamentally aim at myself and sometimes succeed at hitting myself. And by the way, where is the section on secret techniques already? I quickly finished the book that night, looking for those answers. As far as I could tell at the time, none were given. Mostly the author talked about practicing over and over and over again. And then one day, he shot at a target for a demonstration and hit it. All while not “trying” to hit it. The end.

This “anticlimax” and all of these riddles made no sense. So I held onto the one thing that made sense to me after reading the book. I started practicing a lot. It was easy to do because karate was so much fun. And my two best friends were in the same dojo! I stopped trying to figure out the book, although I did periodically re-read it. It was supposed to represent the core of our art after all. And after these many years, I discovered that I do sometimes hit the target without trying to hit the target. These are the beautiful moments when I seem to move spontaneously. The words in my head seem to stop for just a moment. Sometimes, entire complex attacks have even flowed out of me of their own volition. I wasn’t even trying to do them. And even better, they worked! These moments seemed dramatically slowed down, my vision seemed heightened, and my responses pre-cognitive and perfect. I can still clearly remember all of these brief, precise moments.

So, how did this all start happening? What mystical techniques were used? I don’t know. All I’ve been doing is practicing my karate over and over and over again.

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Unlearning Sparring http://www.yearofbruce.com/unlearningsparring/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=unlearningsparring http://www.yearofbruce.com/unlearningsparring/#comments Tue, 23 Apr 2013 05:53:27 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=41 Most of my training is solitary. And this seems almost comforting when I think about the techniques I must practice thousands of times over this next year. Just as Bruce would have wanted. Being alone may be the only way…

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Most of my training is solitary. And this seems almost comforting when I think about the techniques I must practice thousands of times over this next year. Just as Bruce would have wanted. Being alone may be the only way to accomplish those kinds of numbers. But I still need to train with others. Others who are fast. Others who are better than me. Others who can see where I am and where I need to be. When I have no opponent, I have no one to correct my mistakes by catching them (and thereby catch me). Living inside this skin, I can fail to see my little glitches. Like viruses, they are invisible at first, until illness sets in. Like the illness of telegraphing of my attacks. I am a quarterback who obviously stares at his receiver before the throw only to be picked off by the cornerback. Over and over. For the elites in karate (why are so many of them in southern California?), this means hitting me before I’ve even finished my first punch.

In the last two tournaments, I just couldn’t seem to get anywhere near my opponents. They knew when I was about to attack and would easily glide away. It seemed almost magical (and quite irritating). I would say, “They have gotten so much faster or I had become so much slower.” This may still be true, but I now know there is a more obvious answer: my pesky left foot. My teacher was kind to point out that I always taking a short step with my front foot just before I would launch any attack. Such a clear telegraph, “Here I come. Feel free to consider your best attack and let me have it!”

I didn’t even know I was doing it. Conditioned into me by hundreds of (glitch) repetitions. The dark side of reps exposed: bad technique turned into bad habit! So embarrassing. After my teacher pointed this out, I tried to spar naturally without taking this little step. Ugh, stomp, stumble. I’m back to white belt. Then my teacher gave me a basic combination of fakes and punches to try. It was sharp and beautiful in its simplicity. It occupied my opponent’s mind and created a huge target for a nice solid reverse punch. Just the kind that referees love. It worked every time. “There are hundreds more like this.” He dropped this sentence casually as a reminder that my brain operated somewhere else. Somewhere outside of simplicity.

I was reminded of his other deceptively simple lesson from just a few minutes earlier. “Fight off your back foot. That controls everything.” Again, simple. But tell that to my front foot. The one with ADD, the one that wants to squeal, to spoil our fun. This is unlearning.

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Bruce Lee: Time Management Guru? http://www.yearofbruce.com/bruce-lee-time-management-guru/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=bruce-lee-time-management-guru http://www.yearofbruce.com/bruce-lee-time-management-guru/#comments Sat, 20 Apr 2013 05:38:20 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=39 I’m inching toward my first ambitious goal: a day including all of the big three Bruce Lee training activities. 1. Cardio 2. Strength Training 3. Martial Arts Training. I’ve now had a week where I’ve done at least one and…

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I’m inching toward my first ambitious goal: a day including all of the big three Bruce Lee training activities. 1. Cardio 2. Strength Training 3. Martial Arts Training. I’ve now had a week where I’ve done at least one and sometimes two of these. Today, I was proud to once again finished two. I’m still hoping for the elusive trifecta. Maybe next week. Hopefully next week. I’m starting to think that Bruce Lee must have been some type of time management genius. Either that or he got up at 5 am every morning. This is tough news to accept. It’s starting to look like I will have to develop great skill in one or both of these attributes if I hope to fully implement his training regimen by the end of the year.

Getting up at 5 am sounds like such a great idea. This is an idea that makes sense only the night before of course. The morning of, I feel a panic that tells me that if I’m crazy enough to get up, I’ll probably lose the ability to speak or start hallucinating. Time management sounds like a good idea too. And I have gotten better at it (I think the trauma of trying to write that 15 page 20th Century Philosophy paper from midnight to 8 am the morning before it was due helped a lot). I think one way to reach the next level of time management, the Bruce level, could be to find a way to wean myself off of my regular checks of hotmail, yahoo mail, twitter, flickr, facebook, Tumblr, Huffington Post, and Salon. I can feel the fear rising even considering this radical idea. So maybe this idea has merit. I wonder how Bruce Lee would manage his social media time? Judging from his schedules that I’ve seen so far, I think it would be something like “10:15 – 10:30 – Post to blog, flickr, facebook, and Tumblr.” He was an incredibly fast puncher, maybe it translated to other things?

April 19, 2013

An hour and a half of trail running and an hour and a half of weight lifting. I even got through all 13 exercises of the Hak Keung Gymnasium 1965 workout. Legend tells us that he made significant gains in size in just 44 days.  I guess I should measure myself. As for this weekend: karate!

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Lessons from Being Punched in the Head http://www.yearofbruce.com/lessons-from-being-punched-in-the-head/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=lessons-from-being-punched-in-the-head http://www.yearofbruce.com/lessons-from-being-punched-in-the-head/#comments Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:56:01 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=35 I was confident once. That was in 2002. That was the year that I won the City of Commerce Invitational in sparring. And the California Challenge Brick Breaking Championship. That was also when I didn’t think that much about karate.…

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I was confident once. That was in 2002. That was the year that I won the City of Commerce Invitational in sparring. And the California Challenge Brick Breaking Championship. That was also when I didn’t think that much about karate. I just…did it. Today is different. I’m thinking again. I’m a novice again.

My possible de-evolution seems to be most obvious in my sparring. In 2002, I fought with no strategy. Well, actually, I did have a strategy, but not a real strategy. It seemed to work, though. I call it “Berserker.” Before the match started, I would bounce up and down and stare at my opponent like I wanted to chew on his arm (and this was before the current zombie craze). Then, when the referee shouted “Hajime” to start the match, I would usually let out a yell for no reason whatsoever. I would follow this up by charging like a maniac toward my opponent. Catching him momentarily off guard as he stared at me in confusion, I could then launch into a more reasonable sparring combination. This generally impressed the referees. I’m still not entirely sure why.

So maybe it would be better to call this strategy “Berserker, then reasonable.” Still, I mostly enjoyed the Berserker part of it. I wouldn’t have even attempted reasonable sparring except for the fact that AAU (Amateur Athletic Union) referees are biased toward rewarding very proper and reasonable techniques with things called points. Being a maniac does not generate these points.

This strategy really used to work, I’m not kidding! Then it did stop working for me. That was this season. I think the only explanation is that my opponents got much faster in the last 10 years (who could imagine that I would have slowed in 10 years?). The following is my summary of every single exchange in my matches this year:

Me – Crazed attack

Opponent – Immediately pop me with a little punch to the head or stomach

Me – “Where did that come from?! And you didn’t even give me a chance to show the refs my proper technique. Now I just look like a lunatic!”

I’ve tried this for two tournaments this season and come up a little (OK, a lot) short of victory. It’s time to learn from this. So it’s back to the tree.

April 18, 2013

I’m sticking with the one line about “500 punches” from The Art of Expressing the Human Body, (Bruce Lee, 1940-1973). Why am I sticking with the “500 punches?” Because I’m told that it takes 10,000 repetitions to absorb the basic fundamentals of a technique. I have a ways to go. I’ve certainly done more than 10,000 punches in my martial arts career, but I can do them better. Much better. The last two tournaments have shown me that. I jog up to the park and start practicing using the tree as a target again. I start slowly at first. I’m looking good at this pace. Then I speed up.

 

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Attacking the Tree http://www.yearofbruce.com/attacking-the-tree/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=attacking-the-tree http://www.yearofbruce.com/attacking-the-tree/#comments Wed, 17 Apr 2013 22:40:13 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=29 I’m starting to realize that some of Bruce Lee’s workouts are perhaps a little daunting. At least according to some other people. Not me, of course. I got through eight of the thirteen weight lifting/strength training exercises before I ran out…

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I’m starting to realize that some of Bruce Lee’s workouts are perhaps a little daunting. At least according to some other people. Not me, of course. I got through eight of the thirteen weight lifting/strength training exercises before I ran out of time yesterday. If I had had the time, I could have done them all. Trust me. That’s what my brain is telling me. I think my body may disagree a bit. OK, I want to be honest with you, my mystery reader. The last time I actually lifted weights was during my one season of JV football. That is when my quads ballooned and nothing else seemed to grow (clearly I was destined for karate). That must be why the 95 pound sets of squats wasn’t fazing me on the next day. See, no problem. Except, I seem to have lost full range of motion in my upper body. I think those muscles were a little confused about my intentions. My quads are not confused, clearly they love to be punished.

I don’t mind the soreness, but I didn’t get to do any karate yesterday and now I’m a little worried that I will be able to pull off my ambitious karate goals for today. Year of Bruce does imply some type of martial arts training, right? I can’t let my mystery readers down, they might mysteriously share their disappointment.  Today’s karate goals will be implemented, I’ll ignore what my body is saying for now. The mysterious readers win. This blogging thing might be working. The guilt of letting these phantoms down is keeping me ambitious. Nice.

Day 2 – April 16, 2013

Looking at some of Bruce Lee’s more martial arts related workouts, I find myself again running into the time crunch issue (This in the first two days. I wonder if there’s a lesson here…). Entries like, “7 – 9 am Kung Fu, 9:30 – 10:00 run, 11 – 12 design entire fight sequence for new movie…” have me a little concerned. Maybe I’ll just focus on one thing. I see “1 – 1:15 500 punches.” I can do that! Not in 15 minutes, but I can do it. I jog up to a nice grassy spot in Griffith Park along my running route. I have the earbuds in and Au Revoir Simone blasting (a little twee, I know, I must like a soothing vibe when punching). I have two combinations to work through, 100 reps each, which will get me over the 500 punch mark. But where to punch? I need something to punch at so I can check my accuracy. That tree will do.

Back foot up, explode to the tree. Back foot up, explode to the tree. Nice rhythm. I just need to ignore the homeless, previously napping guy who’s risen from his slumber to wonder why I’m attacking this poor tree. If he thinks this is strange, wait until he see’s me practice kata.

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Beginning the Journey http://www.yearofbruce.com/beginning-the-journey/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=beginning-the-journey http://www.yearofbruce.com/beginning-the-journey/#comments Tue, 16 Apr 2013 17:59:09 +0000 admin http://www.yearofbruce.com/?p=22 I’ve invested 20 years into martial arts training. I’m one of those fanatics who often daydreams about subtle ways to put someone in a wrist lock. Not out of aggression mind you, but out of the beautiful ballet that I…

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I’ve invested 20 years into martial arts training. I’m one of those fanatics who often daydreams about subtle ways to put someone in a wrist lock. Not out of aggression mind you, but out of the beautiful ballet that I have discovered through training all these years. I’ve woken up from dreams where I was just talking to my teacher about karate. There were no flying kung-fu warriors or lightning flashing from the fingertip in this dream. It was just me sitting down and talking to my teacher about small technique details. I guess then, that it’s fair to say then that I’m a karate nerd. I even have the glasses to prove it.

After 20 years of karate nerdhood, I would say that I have a pretty good understanding of the fundamentals of training. I would give myself an A in that category. It’s been apparent to me for several years, though, that having an A in understanding + some effort = B+ in outcomes (“We’re #2, we’re #2!”). And this brings me to the central goal of this project. My goal is to dramatically increase the value of the effort side of that equation. No need to reinvent the wheel here. We have an example. His name is Bruce Lee. I intend to follow this example. My sources for this project will be the writings of and about Bruce Lee. By implementing his methods in exercise, nutrition, training, writing, philosophy, and whatever else I discover along the way, I hope to significantly increase the quality of my effort. I will share with you the outcomes, whatever they may be.

Day 1 – April 15, 2013

I haven’t been to the gym in a while. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t been working out, it just hasn’t been very…focused. It’s been a thrown together assortment of workouts based more on immediate impulses and needs (particularly the threat of an upcoming tournament). It has definitely not been a systematic, focused, researched discipline. I hope that’s about to change. I’ve started reading the book, The Art of Expressing the Human Body (Bruce Lee, 1940-1973) and in it we have a pretty impressive compendium of his training.

Ah hah! I have found what is described as a beginner’s workout. Looking at the photo of his workout card from the Hak Keung Gymnasium (May 27, 1965), I realized that my routine of running up hill and periodically doing assisted pull ups on my pull up machine are definitely not going to cut it. I need free weights, lots of free weights. And I need a gym membership. I am also frugal (ie. cheap), something that does not always fit with gym memberships. Good thing I can get a very discounted membership to 24-hour Fitness through Costco. Lots of backslapping and welcomes later (such an eager staff), I am finally in the free weight room. There are thirteen exercises on this list. Thirteen sounds smallish, right? The answer is no. I got through eight. I got through eight before my time on the parking meter ran out. Hmmm…more planning needed. Must.Find.Better.Parking. Maybe it’s a good thing? I’m very sore today, maybe it’s OK to ease into it.

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