|I know, I know.|
I don't know if my skill has dramatically improved in tapi-tapi, but I do think I've improved. Espada y daga was hardly worked on, and I don't know if I'll spend significant time there any time soon, as my mind right now is mostly in the stick being a stick, versus a blade.
2) I will decrease my pants size by two sizes - and get a new uniform as a result!
I finally made some progress in December! First, I started on a strict regimen of low carbing (Atkins program) and I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism (which makes it very difficult to lose weight) and I'm now on hormone therapy for that.
I've lost about sixteen pounds overall since I last weighed myself in August. with almost all of that coming in December, and I've lost several inches where it counts.
No new uniform yet, unless the white gi I have in my closet is problematic (I need that for Kobudo starting in January). My eldest daughter has a habit of taking my gi jackets and messing them up.
3) I will increase my upper body strength by a factor of two - that is, I will, by the end of the year, be able to lift twice as much weight as I can now and apply twice as much force.
I originally wrote this thinking I was weaker than I really was. I made satisfactory progress on my upper body strength (and crazy good progress on my lower body strength). So, I'll call this achieved.
|I'm a *little* better than this.|
Done and done twice over. I attended MAPA 1, MAPA 2, and MAPA 3, and "Double Impact" in August.
5) I will improve my footwork - angle stepping, judging the appropriate distance, getting to the outside, with smooth, natural motion.
I think I have improved here, but nowhere near where I want to be. But I don't know that I'll ever be where I want to be - there is always someone much better than I am.
6) I will learn the Jo.
I studied it, I don't know if I learned it. I do like that weapon, though. I think it's practical.
7) I will compete in one tournament
I ended up skipping it. I don't know if I'll ever compete again - it's really not my bag.
8) I will continuously improve my teaching skills, including studying more about how to effectively communicate information to students.
Of all my goals, I think I made the most progress here. I think I'm better at explaining things than I used to be.
|Welcome to the club.|
So, did you have any goals in 2014? How did you do?