Tonight at kempo class, I came to the horrifying realization that I hit like a girl. I want to believe that this has to do with the fact that I am trying to execute kempo moves from Okinawan stances, which simply won’t work. I suspect that it has more to do with the fact that I am woefully out of shape.

Humility is like soymilk: The fact that it’s good for you doesn’t change the fact that it tastes like crap going down.


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  1. FWIW, most people do not hit anywhere nearly as hard as they think they do. It is helpful to have a reliable feedback device. The traditional makiwara works very well in this regard. When you hit it solidly, you will know. Used correctly, it will not deform your knuckles or damage your body in any way. You can get a cedar 4×4 down at Lowe’s. Make it about eight feet long. Taper it from a thickness of 4 inches at the one end to about 1/2 inch at the other. You may want to slap on a few coats of Thompson’s water seal. Dig a hole such that the thin end will stand at about your solar plexus height. Brace the bottom end in the hole on the front and back sides. Cinder blocks work well. Fill in the hole and tamp it down. Take an old flip-flop or something and duct-tape it to the striking portion of the board, slip an old sock on top of that, and voila! You have the martial arts’ premier device for improving hitting power. It will quickly reveal to you what you need to do.

    Just my opinion, worth about what you paid for it.

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