"The ultimate aim of Karate lies not in victory or defeat, but in the perfection of the character of its participants." -- Gichin Funakoshi

Thursday, May 03, 2007


Last week I sparred with Sensei-Hubby just for practice. Two days in a row. And I still have the bruises to prove it. Let's just call them "reminders of what not to do." As in, "Do NOT try to block a kick from someone stronger than yourself - learn to sidestep!" Yep, I have a lovely purple spot on both forearms, though the one on the left is more pronounced.


Steve said...

I end up with bruises all over my biceps and chest from rolling at class. I have to tell people that my spouse doesn't beat me, too!

When I got a massage a few weeks back, the masseuse was genuinely concerned for my safety. :)

Oh, and keep up on the pushups! Keep it up and you'll be doing 50 without getting tired!

Becky said...

Japanese tattoos we called them. Probably not PC to say that these days, but I'm not very PC anyway.

[Mat] said...

thursday : 40 push up + class (I had to break in class...)
friday : 40 in the morning

Hopping to it. :)

They were especially hard this morning (ouch) after class.

How are those triceps doing?

supergroup7 said...

My Sensei would call those bruises "Kisses of the Art". I find that to be a nice way of looking at them.

When I was learning to play violin and guitar, I developed painful calluses on the ends of my fingers from pressing them on the metal strings. Each art leaves it's mark on you in some way.

Right now I've got a nasty black/purple bruise on my inner right thigh, a yellowish 3 inch bruise on my left chest, and another bruise on my left shoulder.. none of these were done to me by my spouse, but I can sympathize with you.

It must make for alot of explanations in the summer when you wear a bathing suit.

[Mat] said...

Hey, that's 10 more. :)

supergroup7 said...

Oh.. Sorry that I haven't visited much lately. I've been extra busy lately.. New responsibilities, and expectations in my training.

Congratulations on your new Kyu promotion! Good for you. I'll come back and do some digging into your archives to bring myself up to speed as to your progress. I hope that you don't mind a few extra comments.. sorry...

Triple Citites Martial Arts Academy said...

bruises are just apart of the training, you'll get over it and become tougher, hang in there...