Coming back from an injury is a mental as well as physical process. My ACL injury literally hobbled me to the point where I could not do anything. I have been back to regular kendo practice and am working on getting myself to the level that I was at pre-injury but I have also allowed myself to get distracted from my kendo experience by some of the support work that I do for the club (which I do willingly and which I enjoy doing #noexcuses).
This week’s practices have been disappointing and need to get myself to what Georges St-Pierre calls the “white belt level.” That is, drop my ego and expectations and start from the beginning, going hard in the paint and embracing the death and destruction that precedes growth and evolution.
And it can be the lightest of touches that starts it all off. To quote the world’s greatest (and most mis-understood) philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche, “Precisely the least, the softest, lightest, a lizard’s rustling, a breath, a flash, a moment – a little makes the way of the best happiness.”
So this week I have a few commitments, some soft touches…:
1. Continuation of flexibility training. Hip explosions and yoga have been great and I need to retain that.
2. MOAR squats! Air squats with a weight bar. This will suck…
3. Kettlebells. KB swings are great for hip and torso strength and flexibility.
4. Suburi, daily.