Journal of Aaradia's MA Journey

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  1. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Friday, January 17, 2020 -

    5:10ish - Solo practice. CLF - Sup Ji Kau Da, Ng Lun Ma and Ng Lun Choi. Tournament version of Ping Kuen and 3 section staff. Also tournament dagger techniques. TCC - Taming Dragon Spear, Tournament version of Yin Yang Five element palm. Had it timed several times and I think I have settled on a tournament version of the right length. We will see what my instructor thinks when he gets back. Tournament version of Small Circle Fast Form. Tai Sifu was next to me and commented positively on my Fajing!

    6:30 - Stick Fighting class. Drilling basic block pattern. Then a couple of matches.

    7:00 - Two person practice with Ms. M. Ms. B is out with minor injury. We focused on CLF. 9 star, Golden Leopard vs Tiger. Plum Blossom vs Cross Pattern and Broadsword vs Spear. The older curriculum forms are coming back well from Ms. M's time off.

    Cross pattern vs Plum Blossom is also progressing well. Ms. M was just shown a huge chunk of it one lesson before her instructor went on vacation. We have been working really hard on getting this side down. We got to the end tonight! Still needs a lot of work, but it is coming along quite well. We did part of the other side too.

    Only doing me on spear and her on broadsword side of that form. Both tournament and full version.

    9:20ish - School closes

    4 hours and 10 minutes

    Saturday, January 18, 2020 - Worked all day/ rest day

    Sunday, January 19, 2020 - Rest day

    2018 Total Hours = 684 hours and 06 minutes
    2019 Total Hours (only tracked Jan 1st thru Aug ?) = 374 hours & 39 minutes

    2020 - Week 3 = 12 hours and 40 minutes
    2020 Total Hours = 34 hours and 32 minutes
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2020
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  2. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Friday, January 1, 2021 -
    School closed due to New Year's Day holiday, so this is at home.
    Not much of a workout to start the New Year. But Tai Sifu and instructors have been emphasizing doing something every day, even if just a couple of minutes. So, rather than an all (several hour) or nothing workout. I just did a bit today.

    Evening- Just working lightly on getting back to my memory practice of the TCC 108 long form. Spent a lot of time watching the video by my GM too, but I am only logging workout time. I am roughly 3/4 of the way through it. Just a little consistent practice and it will come right back.

    I badly dislocated my left ring finger. I am going in for an MRI on Monday. So, that is limiting what I can do. I was VERY close to testing for my SBS 2nd degree in Tai Chi, but this injury has delayed that.

    20 Minutes
    Last edited: Jan 4, 2021
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  3. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    Hi aaradia, nice to see you back to the log!

    How was your training going? Are you refreshing your knowledge of the form after being out due to covid or due to the dislocated finger? I am guessing the finger?
    What a pity it got in the way of your testing. Hopefully you will be able to not delay it for too long.
  4. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Saturday, January 2, 2021 - Work shift during day. Rest day.

    2021 -Week 1 = 20 Minutes
    2021 Total Hours = 20 min

    Sunday, January 3, 2021 -

    School closed, so this was at home.
    TCC - More work on the 108 long form. Got all the way through it, but not without referring to the video.

    CLF - Wooden Dummy form in the air. I can't do this form on an actual wooden dummy right now. 1. The school is only open outdoors and the wooden dummy is inside. 2. I wouldn't touch it anyways right now. Even with disinfectant wipes used beforehand.

    I have to make myself go to bed early, as my MRI is insanely early tomorrow.

    Hard to estimate, as time going inside to watch the video was intermingled with actual workout time. So, best estimate is...........

    45 Minutes
  5. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Thanks Nachi. I found it very helpful when I kept up on it, so I hope I stick to it.

    Training was going as well as can be expected during Covid, before the injury. School is outside only- no contact. Obviously no combatives. Socially distant with masks. My school is being very safe. Adaptions to two person practice to keep social distancing. Even when the school had some limited inside activities allowed, I stayed outside. I am extra cautious, which I will mention in more detail as it comes up in the log here. I feel lucky to be studying a style that has forms!

    The knee is acting up too, but I won't go in to the Dr. to get the shot that helps right now. We are having a major surge - the worst it has ever been in San Diego by far! Went from averaging a few hundred a day to 4,000 the last several days. And, my city had the second documented case of the new, more contagious strain found in the USA.

    I was too busy both learning a lot of VERY long forms in CLF at my current curriculum level. Sup Ji Kau Da has 250 moves, Shaolin 5 animal over 200, just to give you an idea. And I was focusing on my test materials for my TCC. One wants to keep up on everything, but there is only so much time in the day. So, the 108 was lapsed in my practice due to focusing on current curriculum materials.

    I guess you could say the injury has me doing the 108 in a roundabout way. I can't do several forms in my current curriculum in Tai Chi with the injury. Can't hold a fan in my left hand for the double fan form. Can't hold any two handed weapons, so no practicing the staff form. Fajing form is very limited as well. :( However, my long time past instructor taught me " Don't focus on what you can't do, focus on what you CAN do." (Words that have really helped me not only with martial arts, but getting through life in the COVID era.) So, since I can do the 108 with just a couple of modifications with this injury, now is the time to get back to it. Really, it is the core form for Yang TCC, so I am happy to get back to it.

    I have an MRI tomorrow. I am expecting it will confirm I need surgery. At least it is outpatient surgery.
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  6. Nachi

    Nachi Valued Member Supporter

    That's great! I hope your injury won't prevent you from training and logging :)

    It is great your school is being careful and also that you can at least have online classes! At the moment, we are forbidden from even that. Although not sure how it would work in this cold. I am very happy for the online classes, though!

    I hope the Covid thing will be over soon. I believe you mentioned you are in the risk due to health issues. Are you perhaps going to get vaccinated soon?

    I see, those sound like really long forms. I am curious, maybe I will try to find a video of what those forms look like. It's great there still is at least some forms that you can practice with the injury.

    Let us know how the scanning goes! If it turns out you need injury, I hope it will go smoothly and won't hold you away from training for long.
  7. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Monday, January 4, 2021 - Got to the school about 7:00, but didn't work out immediately. I had a appt with Tai Sifu to re-up my membership. Then, was talking to a fellow student for a few minutes.

    With the coup attempt in my country, pivotal George election runoffs I forgot to write things down until now. Been obsessed with the news. So, some details will be lacking. But I don't want that to stop me from some manner of consistency in this log. (Note: I can't believe I just seriously wrote "with the coup attempt in my country." :( Surreal.....) Also, distracted with multiple medical appts.

    I got up at 3:00am today!!!!!!!!!! Insanely early. I had an MRI for my finger at 5:00 in a place with a bit of a drive. I was stressed about COVID. Had to have my face face down braced with my arm and a pillow to have my hand outstretched for almost an hour for the MRI. After the test, I saw they seemed to wipe down the pillow cover with some sort of disinfectant, not a fresh pillow, so that bothered me. Except, part of why I was ok with the early appt was I was the first one in for the day. And I think (not sure) it was closed a couple of days before due to the New Year's holiday.

    7:40 pm - All CLF today.

    8:50 pm - I left a bit early. Exhausted after a very long day.

    1 hour 10 Minutes

    Tuesday, January 5, 2021 -

    7:05 pm -
    Somehow missed getting to class in time. Was chatting with a student I haven't seen since before the pandemic began and lost track of time. Senior Black Sash class. To reiterate, this is a no contact class. Outdoors, socially distant and with masks on. Even then, I have my little corner where I am extra socially distant. We went over solo practice of the broadsword side of the two person set broadsword vs spear. Ping Kuen, then detailed a section of Sup Ji Kau Da. Then some cross section of older curriculum material- Chau Sot staff. I just did that in the air, since I can't hold a staff with my injury.

    8:00 pm - Private CLF lesson. More Ping Kuen I think? Then detailing out cross section = Broadsword form.

    8:30 pm Solo practice. Can't remember what.

    1 hour and 55 minutes

  8. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Wednesday, January 6, 2021 -

    6:45ish - CLF - Worked on forms with Ms. M and Ms. R. They started earlier. With COVID, I feel the need to go home and change and wash up a bit before getting to the school . So I get there later than pre-COVID. I miss the last half of group TCC classes too. Shaolin 5 Animal, Ping Kuen, Ng Lun Ma, Ng Lun Choi part of Sup Ji Kau Da. Ms. M doesn't know all of Sup Ji Kau Da as she is learning it now. So we went up to what she knows. Also Hand Breaking fan and Moi Fa Dahn Do (broadsword). We may have done the Hung Sing Stick form too, can't remember for sure.

    I won't be doing two handed or long weapons or three section staff for awhile with my injury. Also, I make adaptions- can't hit even the air full power. Although the amount of power has improved.

    After they left I continued with solo practice. Sup Ji Jit Fu and the wooden dummy form in the air. More broadsword.

    I think I did some TCC too. 18 Lohan .....going through the moves of the Fajing form, to keep it in my memory. Although I can't do fajing right now with the injury.

    9:00 - School closes.

    Also, I had both an appt with a hand surgeon and my first PT appt. I am just not up to typing about it eight now. Too emotionally drained.

    2 hours and 15 Minutes

    Thursday, January 7, 2021 -

    7:00 - Tai Sifu class. This class went back to Tai Sifu teaching it most of the time since re-opening after the pandemic. Again, like Tuesday class, I line up out of rank order in a corner, with a bit extra space. I just don't feel safe going to group class any other way. The instructors all know. They also know if I feel unsafe for any reason, I will leave in the middle of class. They are fully supportive of students doing whatever they need to feel safe above the school protocols. Tai Sifu spent time going over and detailing a standard part of the opening of the opening of most CLF forms. He also went over the lineage variances of this sequence. Then we worked on formal exercise. I think we may have done something else too, but if we did, I can't remember what.

    8:00 Private TCC lesson. Detailing out the Yin Yang 5 element palm form. I learned it last seminar we did before COVID. And it will be my hand form for my next level after I test. I can't do a lot of my current curriculum now, so getting a head start on this one. Then I asked him to go over the timing of Single whip. I misunderstood a correction from him that came from Tai Sigung. I figured out I misunderstood recently. So now my timing is all messed up. So he helped me start to get that squared away. Then, a bit of work detailing the beginning of the 48.

    8:30 - Solo practice. Worked on the single whip issue. Then some other stuff- mostly or all TCC. Can't remember what.

    9:00 school closes.

    Very unfocused outside of class this week. Between the injury and the insurrection/ coup attempt.

    2 hours

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  9. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Friday, January 8, 2021 - Socially distant two person practice with Ms. M. Both sides of our current curriculum hand form - Plum Blossom vs Cross Pattern. Broadsword side of Broadsword vs spear. I can't do the spear side with my injury. We are also starting to re- add older curriculum form of Golden Leopard vs Tiger. Boy is that rusty! We got through all of the attacking side and started with the beginning of the defending side.

    Then we worked on the TCC two person sabre. This is a weird enough form on it's own. Extra weird to do moves facing each other, but socially distant. The point is to get as close as possible, but we have to time it like that, but not actually being close.

    8:50 est. - I think we stopped just a bit early.

    1 hour and 50 min

    Saturday, January 9, 2021 - Rest Day.

    2021 -Week 2 = 9 Hours & 55 Minutes
    2021 Total Hours = 10 Hours & 15 min
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2021
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  10. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Sunday, January 10, 2021 - TCC - Sundays seem to be Long Form day.


    Monday, January 11, 2021 -

    7:00 - CLF - I don't remember what I did exactly, but I remember I was in a CLF mood. So mostly or all CLF.

    Left about 8:50

    1 Hour and 50 Minutes

    Tuesday, January 12, 2021 -

    7:00 - Senior Black Sash Class - Worked on a section of Ping Kuen. Then, a lot of time on the Broadsword form. This class started with just the current curriculum level, but the last few months the instructor is going over all the forms needed for the Senior Black Sash test. That is all the forms learned so far. Also, the broadsword side of Broadsword vs spear two person form (solo of course.)

    8:00 - Private CLF lesson. Detailing out Sup Ji Kau Da.

    8:30 Solo practice. Worked on details given in private lesson. Then, something else, but I don't remember what.

    2 Hours

    Wednesday, January 13, 2021 -

    7:00 - CLF forms practice with Ms. R and Ms. M. All the "monster forms." Ping Kuen, Shaolin 5 Animal, and some of Sup Ji Kau Da. Up to how much Ms. M has learned. Ng Lun Ma and Ng Lun Choi. Broadsword & Stick.

    8:00 ish - Solo Practice. All of Sup Ji Kau Da. Can't remember what else I did.

    8:50 Left

    1 Hour and 50 Minutes
  11. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Thursday, January 14, 2021 -

    7:00 - CLF Black Sash Class - 1st Degree Brown Sash Techniques and Kicks.

    8:00 - TCC Private Lesson. Worked on detailing out Yin Yang 5 Element Palm form and then going back to the 48 Combination form. Tai Sifu had had to ask my instructor some stuff during my lesson, so the lesson ran long to make up for that.

    8:40 - Solo Practice. Went over the details given in my lesson. I think a bit of something else, but I can't remember.

    9:00 - School closes

    Have some medical stuff going on. And the whole state of the USA right now. I am distracted. Hence, why I am hazy on some of what I did. But I figure I need to just get in the habit of writing what I can. Hopefully the memory will get better if I just get in the habit again. And things settle down hopefully with President Biden and the insurrection put down. Jeez, I can't believe I even just wrote that! :(:mad:

    2 Hours

    Friday, January 15, 2021 -

    7:10ish- Ha! For once, I was there, but my two person partner was late! Two person practice with Ms. M. (Again, socially distant and or solo versions.) Both sides of Plum Blossom vs Cross Pattern. Both of us were distracted and having difficulties focusing. But we kept at it and things got better as the night went on. Broadsword side of Broadsword vs Spear. I still can't do the Spear side with my finger injury.

    Then we worked on remembering the Golden Leopard vs tiger. We got all the way through the attacking side. Was rough, but we got there. Got a bit into the other side too - just the beginning.

    Then we did the TCC two person saber.

    We did some solo stuff after. Ms. M helped me with some of the 48 combination form. It is her current curriculum, while I am going back after not having done it in awhile.

    9:00 - School closes

    1 Hour and 50 Minutes

    Saturday, January 16, 2021 - Work day. So no workout.

    2021 -Week 3 = 10 Hours & 10 Minutes
    2021 Total Hours = 20 Hours & 25 min
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  12. aaradia

    aaradia Choy Li Fut and Yang Tai Chi Chuan Student Moderator Supporter

    Sunday, January 17, 2021 - TCC - 108 Long form. Only about 15 Minutes. I got sidetracked. I did get through the first half memory-wise though. So, that was good. :)

    15 Minutes

    Monday, January 18, 2021 -

    6:45 - solo practice - TCC - Mostly TCC today. It was just what I was in the mood for.

    For the first time, I ran through all my current curriculum stuff. Staff form - I can hold a staff, but not normally. Double Fan - I can hold a fan in my left hand, but have to make adaptions. I did sort of open the fan for the first time. Fajing form - starting to be able to do some fajing on my left hand too, but not fully yet. Still- I am making progress. Yay! Cane- Again with adaptions for my left hand, but less than last week. 18 Lohan.

    Then some of the 48 combination form, roughly 3/4 of the way through the 108 Long form. Up to what I remembered on the long form. I am close to getting the entire form back in my memory. Yin Yang 5 element palm form. Toughest part of this form is what sort of position the non- striking hand guard position is- and if it is palm up or down. So I was going through the script working that out.

    CLF - Still in an Internal mood, so the Shaolin 5 Animal. Then solo practice of attacking side of Golden Leopard vs Tiger. Also the beginning of the defending side. Most of the wooden dummy form. Again, in the air since I can't actually be in the school where the wooden dummy is. And I wouldn't touch it, even sanitized right now anyways.

    9:00 School closes -

    2 hours and 15 minutes
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