Wednesday, December 31, 2014

2014 Goals - FINAL UPDATE

Well, I made a bunch of goals in 2014 (see here for the original post, and here for the update) and now it's time to assess how I did.

I know, I know.

1) I will dramatically increase my skill in tapi-tapi and espada y daga, not only in smooth action but in overall body of knowledge.

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.
4) I will attend at least two martial arts seminars.

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.

I added two more goals in July - learning Goju-Shorei weapons system and seeking out a Tai Chi teacher.  I ended up dropping Goju-Shorei (my hubby is still in it and progressing) as I was simply trying to do too much at one time.  Ditto the Tai Chi teacher - just didn't get to it.

So, did you have any goals in 2014?  How did you do?