Nicknames: Tenacious, Chainsaw (it was a joke from my TKD Master :P )
Height: 5’ 4”.
Time Zone: EST
Average hours of sleep each night: 6 -ish
The last thing I Google’d: a house near mine that was being cleaned out, I was curious if it was available for rent :P
My most used phrases: I don’t really have one…
First word that comes to mind: static…
One place that makes me happy and why: Dojang. I’m comfortable there… I feel free.
How many blankets I sleep under: Depends on the season? Right now 1, 2 if it gets a little chilly. In winter about 3 or 4, sometimes 5 if its super cold… It gets really cold in our apt : \
Favorite beverages: Water & Tea… I have an addiction to tea haha
Last movie I watched at the cinema: I don’t remember, I think Guardians of the Galaxy.
Three things I can’t live without: Love, Curiosity & Compassion.
Something I plan on learning: Everything… seriously, I want to know about everything.
Piece of advice: When trying to teach, remember what it was like to be in that persons shoes. Remember the confusion you felt. Remember what it was that made you understand. Never forget what it was like being a beginner.
Tonight I was going to have a night off from training. I was going to go with my BF to his Hapkido class and just watch. I took my Kuhapdo notebook with me to review terminology and such.
As I got there though, the Master was excited I came down on another night and thus asked me if I had any of my gear with me. I did, most of it is kept in our car. He told me once the hapkido class starts, he’d give me some drills to work.
So I had in impromptu kuhapdo class tonight. Learned some new drills and worked some forms.
Damn my arms are tired though!! Haha!
So i was talking to a guy at a table i was waiting on today at work, and we got talking about martial arts and what i train. This guy then asked if i was interested in becoming a pro fighter…. i wasnt sure how to take it, or respond. As neat as it would be to put my training to the test, its not something to aspire to. At least not for me. I dont think i could really hurt someone unless i had to. I know if i had to, i can and will. But pro fighting, its not for me. I definitely respect those fighters in the ring though. It takes a lot to get there.
So I am super nervous about putting these up. I think that I look really big in these photos and I was worried that I would get hate for doing yoga because I’m big - so I wasn’t going to put them up but then I realised - these photos are of me doing yoga. That is the focus. And what does me looking big have to do with the yoga? It’s irrelevant.
I am doing yoga for me. I am doing it because it’s relaxing and good for my health and if people have a problem with me doing it because I’m not super slim then that’s their problem.
I’m still nervous about putting these up - I never would have been able to do it 6 months ago. But I’ve learned that for every one person who thinks you shouldn’t be doing it - there are so many more cheering you on to continue.
Poppybird20 - the aspiring (curvy) yogi xx
To hell with any haters! Keep going! If it makes you happy, do it! Size don’t matter! We’re all different and each of our journeys are different. To hell with anyone who says you can’t because of your size or whatever. That’s fuel to keep moving forward. Cause at the end of the day, they don’t matter. All that matters is how you feel about it. You said 6 months ago you couldn’t have posted this, that’s progress! 6 months you’ve been doing this and getting more confident. That’s fucking AWESOME. In 6 more months, who knows how far you’ll come! I am super excited for you and your journey! KEEP GOING! :D
Currently sitting here soaking my thigh with my own Dit Da Jow. Kinda went overboard at the gym yesterday. Way to go…. so I’m trying alleviate some of the stiffness and aching before Kuhapdo tonight.
I’ve been developing this recipe for a couple years now. It seems to do pretty well. My very first batch was a bit excessive in ingredients and I didn’t know much about how to balance them and what really goes well with what for herbs. It still worked but wasn’t really refined.
Second batch was a bit better on the ingredients but didn’t have the strength of the first one. From there I branched into making other things to learn about herbs more and what can be done with them. Also since my batches of Dit Da Jow take around a month and a half to make each, it takes a while to find out results. I made some other liniments, not specifically Dit Da Jow, but based on the same ideas. I just focused more on target areas, such as things for arthritis, bursitis, carpel tunnel, ect.
I’ve learned a bit more about herbal remedies, so I’ve got a few ideas for the next batch I make.
The tough part is doing patch testing. I’m not allergic to anything, so I’ve never had a bad result when used on myself. So I have to actively search out people willing to do patch testing for me. Which is fun…. “Oh hey, you have allergies, can you rub this on yourself and see if you break out in rash, swelling, itching, pain, anaphylaxis… ” That really goes over well. But, on the flip side, I’ve gotten good responses from the testers I’ve given to people. They’ve asked me to make things for them when I learn how… I want to try a salve at some point. I’ve acquired a capsule maker with a huge bag of capsules. I’ve made up some with ginger and some with scullcap (made for my BF who doesn’t take medicines ever, but this helps his headaches).
Well this seems to be helping quite a bit. I’m able to move a bit better. Huzzah!
Hope its enough for sword tonight! I’d skip tonight if there was another day to go, but there isn’t. Just fridays. So I’m going.
The Dokkōdō (The way followed alone) was written by Miyamoto Musashi about a week before he died in 1645. It’s a small work stating 21 precepts. It was composed on the occasion of Mushashi giving away his possessions after he died and dedicated it to his favorite student, Terao Magonojo,…
Ok, so I’m gonna tell you this little story. When my stepmom was gonna share a flat with this other girl she barely knew at that time Anna was carrying something up the stairs. At the top of the stairs there was this beautiful old fashioned mirror. Naturally Anna bumped into it and the whole thing fell down the stairs. It was completely ruined and there was glass everywhere. Anna was standing there thinking “oh no, now I’ve done it”. Then her roommate comes is and her first reaction is “we can make mirror mosaic!!” And they did and it was beautiful. They put it so you could see it every time you walked down those stairs. They put a bible verse on it as well. Everyone who visited them saw the piece of art and were encouraged upon seeing it. And I think what they did is a reflection of how God works. He takes us no matter how hurt and broken we are. He doesn’t take away the past or undo it, but he changes is in such a way that out hurt is transformed into joy and are weakness becomes our strength in Him. I truly believe God plans to do this in your life. He’s gonna lift you up an you will be an inspiration and a comfort to the people you’ll meet. You are not beyond repair. I Jesus can overcome death, then helping you out won’t be a problem. You are loved
Followers always have the best stories to tell me when I’m almost off edge. Thanks lovely. I’m trying really hard. I don’t know about this Jesus thing btw. I mean I’m 100% sure of a God though. Anyway I just keep realizing everyday how sick I am, I hate myself for it. How abnormal I must seem. I don’t have any hope anymore. I don’t recognize my eyes, never did though so that shouldn’t be a problem =)
It’s ok to be broken. We grow stronger and more beautiful from it. Everything that has hurt us, has taught us something about ourselves. It has given us more power, more wisdom, more depth, more strength - and in that is beauty. Being broken, it makes you different from the rest. It makes you unique. Don’t fear your differences. Embrace them as part of the beautiful artwork you are :)
The black belt is associated with a certain stigma among many different types of people. To them, if you achieved a black belt it can be brushed off with a simple comment such as “well you couldn’t stop someone shooting you so….” or something else along the lines of “Wow you could totally kick someones ass!”.
To me, these comments can be quite irritating even if the last comment can be taken as some what of a compliment. Only those who have train in martial arts or who have witnessed someone close to them learn the art can, in my opinion, hold a proper understanding of the importance of this belt.
In a proper training environment (and by saying this I am not referring to some of the ‘cash cow’ dojos that are lying about where if you pay the right price you can buy your black belt) the belt represents many things, such as:
Years of diligent practice.
Patience through the progression up the ranking system of the martial art.
Overcoming the steep learning curve of martial arts, including both the physical and mental aspects.
Pushing yourself to the limit.
Taking martial arts into your daily life.
The reason that the fifth point is mention is because, if you have been learning your martial art for long enough, you would have probably incorporated some of your training into your daily life routine, whether you realise it or not.
To cut it short, the black belt represents a level or personal, mental and physical commitment to an art that not everyone can achieve. By earning this, it puts all of that commitment into something that you can wear with pride, an item you can cherish and a state of mind no one can take away.
I don’t think this could be any more true
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This is GrandMaster Lim. He started Kuhapdo. Kuhapdo is based on the Japanese art of Iaido.
Kuhapdo translates to “The Art of Cutting While Standing”.
I have a picture of my Kuhapdo Master with him. Another instructor of mine is also a student of his. I haven’t gotten to meet him yet, but I’m hoping to! I hear he’s super serious when sword training, but I guess that’s the way it’s always been. You have to be when weapons are involved.
I’ve talked to my Master about ordering an actual Kuhapdo uniform. He get’s them specially made IN KOREA. Handmade. I have to get my measurements together for it. That’s pretty sweet. And he said it’s only like $150 max. That’s pretty reasonable. MORE than reasonable.
It’s kinda odd being a white belt again. I feel so awkward. It does help that I have prior training, even though it’s completely different, haha. But I know the basic Korean. My feet keep moving TKD style, but in Kuhapdo, it’s small steps. Little steps. Which was where I was messing up a lot when I was doing Hapkido. Just something to work on.
I’m really excited for this though. Kuhapdo is such a small thing right now. Nobody knows about it. I’m hoping to be able to teach it eventually in my own school. We’ll have 3 Korean arts in our dojang then. And they will flow nicely together. We’ll have TKD, Hapkido & Kuhapdo. A kicking/striking art, then the joint locks of hapkido and a weapon art.