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With some misgivings concerning overexerting my sore leg, I went and did BodyCombat tonight at the gym. Not only did the class not exhaust me, it seems to have worked out most of the painful twitching knots in my calves - I actually feel better having worked out than I have all week - I could finally manage the high kicks without any pull on my hamstring.

Sometimes, we gets lucky, we does.


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Jan. 27th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
mind if I steal the term body-project for my own personal evolution?
Jan. 27th, 2006 03:14 am (UTC)
Go for it - I stole it myself from one of the academic feminist books I read last year.
Feb. 11th, 2006 05:16 pm (UTC)
Feb. 11th, 2006 06:30 pm (UTC)
BodyCombat is the GoodLife gym chain's answer to tae bo - de-fanged martial arts done for cardio. It's a great workout, though, and gets me practicing my strikes in a more rounded fashion than shadow boxing. Sort of like methadone for the real martial arts classes I haven't been able to find time for. My background's in jujutsu and hung gar kung fu, but since the kung fu club closed, I haven't found a new place to train.
Feb. 11th, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
I see. Well, I don't know of any Hung Gar schools in Toronto worthy of recommending, but should you want related arts (specifically, Ba Gua, , Push Hands, or Hsing I), just ask.

/end martial arts geeking
Feb. 11th, 2006 07:55 pm (UTC)
My focus is more on external arts for the time being - I know exactly who I want to train with (common instructor between the jujutsu and kung fu), but I'm trying to figure out if I can justify the time and money investment to drive to Oakville 2-3 times a week without compromising all the other stuff I don't want to give up doing. Interestingly enough, I had my first exposure to *real* internal kung fu a little while ago at a local place's open house, and was pretty impressed. It's not the right rhythm for me right now, but still cool.
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:09 pm (UTC)
Damn. Wish I'd known about those guys. What was at the open house? The site talks about Medieval MA, JKD, and Wing Tsun, none of which, in my mind, fall under internal arts.

Though to be honest, I'm just as (if not more) interested in the TTAC3 aspect of the website :)
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:54 pm (UTC)
They did wing chun, JKD, the medieval MA, but also, Ian Sinclair did a demo the touched on Hsing I, Tai Chi and Bagua (spelling mistakes on those three names are mine)
Feb. 11th, 2006 06:55 pm (UTC)
Okay, that sounded rather snotty, and not intentionally so. I am most definitely projecting my own wistful sentiment of not being anywhere near a good martial arts school, so I potentially imagined the same in your reply. Not knocking BodyCombat either, since I've never experienced it.
Feb. 11th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
Oh, the wistfulness was entirely present in my reply, as was a certain defensiveness - I really miss doing real martial arts. I have a couple elads on possible places, but it'd be a lot easier if I had access to a teleportation device. :)

I picked up on the wistfulness - I seem to recall you mentioning studying some internal styles at some point - so, no worries.
Feb. 11th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I did -- not nearly long enough, seeing how I only lived in Toronto four months out of the last six years, and that was the only time I had access to a reasonably cheap school and had the reasonably high income. Now? Now, I read martial arts LJ communities.

Somebody shoot me.
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:00 pm (UTC)
In my day, it was rec.martial-arts.moderated, and their exhaustive FAQ. :)
Feb. 11th, 2006 08:03 pm (UTC)
I think any and all disparaging old-geezer-themed noises I might've made are negated by the fact that I know what you're talking about :)
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