Today was the first karate training of 2014. It was a 2 hour session with Maren sensei. I didn't think I would last for the whole session, but it was actually easier to keep up than I thought it would. I still feel a bit wobbly in my techniques, and I'm slow as hell. But I should perhaps not expect more than that at the time. I should just see it as a success and walk from it with a feeling of improvement.
My goal for this first period is to go to the dojo once a week, and then do 1-2 short sessions at the gym. If that works out, together with my three days at work, I will try and increase the training.
I still feel more tired in my head than in my body after a training session, and I still yawn and feel a bit dizzy when too much is happening. So sometimes I just have to take a breather and collect my mind for a bit before I move on to the next bit. Specially the coordination gets messed up, and things that would be logical before (and still sometimes is in my mind) isn't working for my body. But that will come back with time.
I don't feel ready to go too crazy with free sparring at the moment, but would rather like to build up my confidence again with drills and kumite technique training.
On a side note. The Norwegian judges and referees has been invited to The Swedish Kata Trophy on March 15th. The competition will be on a Saturday, and on the Sunday there will be a seminar with Yoshimi Inoue, 8 Dan JKF, the kata teacher of Antonio Diaz and Rika Usami. I'm thinking about going, since Stockholm is my hometown, and both the competition and seminar looks very interesting!
I will try to keep this blog a bit more updated with my progressions both in the dojo and at the gym!