Ongoing thoughts on my martial studies and interests, which encompass almost everything.
Saturday, June 11, 2016
I am Disabled, so what, Hear Me Roar!
blog is first and foremost for my students. But I share it with the world if
anyone finds it of interest.
don’t share it this time to make anyone feel comfortable, but to share an
important lesson about being old and also disabled.
began this journey for me. Didn’t take the time to take photos and movies of
me. Isshinryu was something I did. Step
by step, day by day, year by year. Seeping it into my life, until it became
inseparable with me.
am old and disabled, no disguising that. At the same time that does not mean I am
am much weaker, have lousy balance, speak with difficulty. Those are no reasons
to stop training. It takes work to determine what one can do. Then step by step
you train. I know something about training.
you want to see my Isshinryu, look to my students. I have spent years
sharing it with them. If you want to see my Isshinryu look no further. Here it
are different, Kicks are gone, I can
still kick if I have to but my balance will make me fall, so I don’t do it in
practice, if attacked, that would be another matter. Nor do I wear a gi, it is quite difficult to do so these days. It is better to
practice in clothes that I wear every day.
will start with Seisan kata. When I
it began with Seisan
kata. But just doing something is not enough. I needed to address being
weaker. I had to change some things to hit harder. I decided that using the
tecchu was the answer. Small sticks, wrapped with cord, that I can hold in my
hands. Increasing my striking power, so my strike has power and will work. I
can dent you.
comes what is my favorite kata. Of course all my kata are favorites, but Seiunchin kata
has a special place in my hear. For one thing the lack of kicks in the kata,
does make it easier to do in my mind requiring fewer changes.
kata. If you think the side to side motions make this difficult to
practice, think about how difficult that stepping is to me. But facing
difficulty makes us work harder.
on to Wansu kata.More turns, more difficulty. More practice needed.
kata and Kusanku kata less these days. Their use of
turning, is most difficult.
(Sunsu) kata still is very important to me. It is a regular practice.
of the Isshinryu kata, Sanchin kata is the most important kata I
practice. This version is my own personal practice. I do this every day with as
much power as I can generate.
weapons kata are important, but with my current abilities I have set them
aside. Handling weapons is more than a bit much for me.
that is it after 40+ years in Isshinryu. But almost as important to me is the
35+ years I have spent practicing Yang Tai Chi Chaun.
That practice is more difficult than Isshinryu. The form requires constant
turning. It took me a year to workout what I can do. This is me doing a 1/6 of
the form. I do practice up to ½ the form. But this is my normal daily routine.
done, each day training anew, Time to see what I can do.
did not lose my Isshinryu
karate. It just has been adopted to what I can do now. Challenge
makes us stretch ourselves. This is how I meet challenge.
the most important part. I challenge those who read this to make the older or disabled
part of your life. I realize we make you uncomfortable. But each of us is a
heartbeat away from facing life changes. In many ways all of us are disabled in
the time to visit, call, or even write to someone who faces more challenges
that you do. Spend some time with them. They did not ask for their current
condition. They do want to be part of your life. It is too easy to dismiss them
because they make you feel uncomfortable.