Martial Arts Humor – Unnecessary Injury

It isn’t exactly funny. . .but interesting that there are so many memes about this!

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I’ve been talking about this a lot lately – I simply have no interest in partnering with students who want to go full-bore.  The purpose of my training is to learn techniques, to replicate them properly in order to create the correct muscle memory.  I’m NOT interested in going bananas, and cranking my partner’s limbs…OR my own!

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Don’t get me wrong, rolling, kicking, sparring, punching…at your full potential is great too, of course! – but this is more with respect to when we are specifically training techniques.  I see (and sadly have FELT) rushing far more than I’d personally like – you can’t go at a snail’s pace for sure, but unless you solidly have the technique, it’s important to be mindful.  

When you are in a class and learning techniques designed not only to lock joints, but flat-out BREAK them, staying in FULL CONTROL of your body and movement is integral.

Along with that? Keeping yourself tidy – again, mindfulness – so that you don’t put your partner at unnecessary risk (yes, I have had my face gouged my nails. “Ugh, your DNA is under my nail!” my partner said.  My response wasn’t so cheeky, as I wiped the blood off my face.)  Cleanliness and grooming matter when you are in a close contact sport.

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These days, I’d rather say, “slow down,” “hold looser,” or “dude, maybe you want to partner with someone else.” 

More substantial – avoidable – injuries?  NO THANKS!

Battle Bruises

The other day my training partner and I started laughing in the middle of a mount technique – She is awesome about “staying heavy” and totally crushed me from her mount. My chest was beyond sore from class the day before and there was something ridiculously comical about the fact that I could scarcely move (not to mention remember what the heck we were doing!)  I couldn’t quite laugh without groaning from the discomfort but I think most of us in there air on the side of finding humor in the ass-kicking we give ourselves – self-imposed after all!

We kept at it – myself, I have to say, firing on less than all pistons.  I don’t like to half-ass anything but my body was just too exhausted and sore to be as optimal as I’d have liked.  Off we go into another technique and… *PiNcH!* A trap and roll gi grab produced a lovely, almost-instantaneous heart-shaped bruise on my inner arm.  Ahhh… LOVE!


A few minutes later I managed to totally slam my elbow to the mat.  I’m not sure if it was the impact, or the additional rolling over it by another body but within seconds I knew I’d have another battle wound (really racking them up that day!)

I love being a Martial Arts practitioner and though some days are rough-and-tumble (literally!  “Throw week” is one I look forward to less than, let’s say, small joint manipulation or weapons)…it is very much par for the course.  

A training partner at Ninjutsu the other day was totally out of it – I was admittedly frustrated by the spaciness and unwillingness to at least try.  Some days your body has less power, but you can still make the (mindful!) effort.  At one point he said “don’t really do it” about the block-and-striking technique we were working on at that moment.  Now, with two damaged knees I am the FIRST person to say “go easy,” or “let’s walk through this as we learn, without going to hard.”  But the reality is…you are in a Martial Arts class!  

You aren’t going to leave completely unscathed.  That doesn’t  mean you can’t train smart – you absolutely can (frankly, that’s ALWAYS my goal.)  Still…bumps and bruises happen.  You are going to need to accept that there will be some injuries (hopefully nothing major, however, which I’ve also endured.)  Martial Arts aren’t for the faint of heart by any stretch so it is important to know what you are getting into.  For me…I love to wear my heart on my sleeve…or my biceps! 😉  

My goal is to train as intelligently as I can so my partner and I get through with just a bunch of sore muscles at most.  But…when those bumps and bruises happen, I wear them like jewelry because I’m pretty darn sure I was working hard when I got them!  (I hope tomorrow when I go to try on bridal gowns, the wedding ladies don’t cringe too much! *lol*)


For more of my Marital Arts and Dance jazz…

Martial Arts Humor – New Techniques

I don’t know about you, but when my 76 year-old Grandmaster does a technique flat-out, or shows us a new one…this is pretty much right on (thanks, The Hangover! 😉 )   

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I might ALSO mutter “beautiful….just beautiful! because, to me, Martial Arts is much like dance.  A deadly dance, absolutely…but dance all the same, pairing fluidity and grace with devastating coordination and control.

There’s something incredibly special about watching someone “fluent” in the language – so well versed that countless techniques present themselves with one move of the opponent.  Phenomenal. ❤

Contouring, for the Masses

I really am thrilled that Contouring has become a trend.  I ordinarily would say “it’s my job to KNOW the trends, not personally follow them!”  So said the “Fashion Director in combat boots.” 😉

But it really is wonderful because it’s a set of techniques that a lot of us performing athletes…or flat out performers…know how to do, but not one everyone else has been exposed to.  And if you can do it for a stage, it’s easy to tone down and do more “naturally.”



So…what I L O V E is that EVERYone now has the ability to easily access the “how to” as well as the products that make it happen (and I’m serious here – you can’t imagine HOW many performing / stage makeup / halloween effects shops I had to visit online…and OFF…back in the day!  Contouring products weren’t easy to come by, so in some cases we would improvise by finding the rare cosmetic line that catered to a broad range of skin tones OR, a line made for a skin tone brighter, or deeper, than our own.

And it doesn’t have to only be for the cheeks and jaw… These techniques work just as well on collar bones, for cleavage, to brighten dark circles…and yes, I’ve even seen it done for muscle definition (oh…THAT six pack!)  I happen to come across this link that shares a variety of such “hacks.”



So the idea is that EVERYONE now has this knowledge at his, or her, fingertips.  It is literally good lighting that you can tote around with you.  In my own personal opinion, color cosmetics are meant, in daily Life, to enhance what we have, not hide or mask it (there are occasions and places for that, certainly!)  

So bravo to all those companies out there following suit…and to the bloggers and sites that are helping the masses to understand what it is all about.