The Littlest Orange Belt Says Rarrrr

In non-Deeds of Men news, I had a really satisfactory night at karate.

I don’t think I’ve come out and said here that I’m going to be out of town for four straight weeks, traveling hither and yon for family events and a friend’s wedding and research and so on. This will include a week in London, so look for a return of the trip blogging. I’m pretty excited.

But it means I’ll be missing four straight weeks of karate, which is honestly a little frustrating. I learned pinan nidan recently, a new kata, and have just started practicing it; in a month everything I was told about the neko ashi bits will have no doubt fallen out of my head. (Yes, I can practice it on my own, and may very well, but it isn’t the same as having a sensei watch and correct you. I might end up practicing bad habits without knowing it.) On the other hand, tonight I had a better-than-average sparring experience, and while that’s going to rust even more badly than my kata while I’m gone, it’s encouraging to go into my travels with a high note fresh in my memory. (Some nights, my timing and aim and reflexes are on. Other nights . . . not so much.)

I actually asked Shihan whether we had a sibling dojo in London. (Our own place has seen visitors from Hawaii, Germany, and Slovakia in the time I’ve been there; it wasn’t unreasonable to wonder.) Alas, we don’t — or perhaps not “alas,” seeing as how if we did I’d have to decide whether I’d really haul my gi across the Atlantic, and whether I’d have any energy for practice after walking all over the city. This way, I don’t have to find out how lazy I really am.

Oh well. I’ll just do situps and pushups and shiko dachi every day, right? Right???

Sure I will.

Come mid-June, I’m going to be rusty like a rusty thing. Sigh.

0 Responses to “The Littlest Orange Belt Says Rarrrr”

  1. doriscrockford2

    Will you be doing any book signings/appearances in London? I’d love to come and cheer you on.

    • Marie Brennan

      I don’t have any planned at the moment, no. I may try to set something up, but it’s probably too close to the date at this point for me to get anything at Forbidden Planet, and I don’t think I’ll have the will to do the chain-bookstore thing, not while also doing research.

  2. eclectician

    C’mon, karate gi is really not that heavy, and I’ve hauled my entire kendo kit across the world 3 times.

    You could just find a London dojo with a similar style – it’s often interesting to see what the small variations are.

    In London now. It’s a bit chilly (welcome to London) but very delicious.

    • Marie Brennan

      Actually, my gi weighs a non-trivial amount, ever since Kyle bought me one of the nicer ones as a Christmas present. Also, I really don’t think I’ll have the energy for it, especially since my odds of finding a shorin-ryu dojo in my actual vicinity will be pretty damn low.

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