Saturday, May 16, 2015

Riding the Tornado

I wrote a few weeks ago about the disruption I'd experienced in training, due to having to move (Distruptions and Recombobulations).  We're now (mostly) past that, and back into my normal training schedule - I'm generally "Recombobulated".

As an aside, we've finally gotten over the severe drought here in North Texas - we've has as much rain thus far this year that we had ALL year last year.  And the forecast is nothing but rain, rain, rain (which makes outdoor training impossible nearly - and my allergies are so disappointed). We've had several tornado outbreaks in the region over the last couple of weeks.

Just another Spring day in Texas.
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Now that the move is mostly done, we've started up a new martial arts project that I'm not quite ready to share here (yet) that is taking up a lot of my attention, plus Kidlet's new fencing schedule is more intense, and well, I'm back to the "Seminar Seminar Seminar" mode I was in earlier this year (I have one at the end of May and one at the end of June - that I know about right now).  Not to mention working at my job, making meals, finishing the house (I have to buy a new table and I haven't been able to get out to do it), doing stuff with both children that is non-martial arts related, all the end-of-the-school-year stuff, and I'm really needing to replace clothes that are too big for me to wear because of weight loss and oh, there's that guy I'm married to that I'd like to talk to from time to time...

So it's busy here.

And yet, when they arise, you just gotta take advantage of more opportunities to train.

Take today.  Today I have Arnis for a couple of hours in the morning, then usually I use a break while Kidlet does tae kwon do to write and do other things for this blog, then I take an hour of Kobudo.  My Saturday usually ends when I get home about 3:30 in the afternoon.

Jackieee..... oh Jackiieeeee.... 
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Today we have +Troy Seeling (check out his guest posts using the "Troy-Kwon-Do" label) and his dad coming to train with my teacher in Tonfa in preparation for their 2nd Dan TKD test.  (By the way - Troy took a break from this blog after getting married in December, but we might be seeing him again soon).

Now, I'm going to study tonfa later on in our Kobudo program formally - right now, I'm taking bo, practicing bo, thinking about bo, and well, not even considering the other weapons yet.

After a long day and week, all I really want to do is come home and take a nap after Kobudo today.  Or maybe try to find that kitchen table... or do that shopping I've been putting off... or work on that new project I mentioned...

So of course I'm staying after and will join Troy and his dad in the tonfa class, however long it lasts.

I mean, wouldn't you?

This training basically fell in my lap, and I get to do it with friends, too - what's not to like?  So what if I'm tired?  The training is right there - not doing it seems wasteful and frivolous.
Jackieee..... oh Jackiieeeee.... 
So I'm just going to stay on top of this whirlwind and keep on riding it.  Because it's the right thing to do.

How do you balance all YOU have to do in your martial arts (and non-martial arts) life?  I'd love to know how you do it!