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Silly Mascots

Gen and I had a conversation about silly sports mascots, and I'm always amused when I remember some of the weird mascots out there. My own alma mater, University of Chicago, has a phoenix as a mascot, which isn't very related to the sports teams being the "Maroons." Nothing strikes fear into the heart of your opponents like a fierce abstract visual concept.

Back from training in NY

After my 4th I-Liq Chuan intensive, my brain still feels oversaturated after 3.5 days of training. This time I at least made it to mid Sunday before my brain felt overwhelmed with information. Now I just need to find a way to get in the necessary practice to physically manifest the concepts I learned.

Ends and Means

Gandhi

Gandhi

“They say the means are after all just means. I would say means are after all everything. As the means, so the end.” — M.K. Gandhi

Strong abs???

So, I read a T-nation article today about ab strength. I was all excited that there might be some new exercises which I've never seen before. I tried their ab strength assessment and passed the hardest level without much effort. I won't say it was cake, but it wasn't that hard. Maybe they should have added another level and made the test subject do a front lever, dragon flag, or a crank on the rings.

Connection to our food

Cornucopia of veggies

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Training thus far

We're just about 3 weeks into the New Year.  My training has been going ok.  I've been consistent with my goal for this month of getting in at least 5 minutes of I-Liq Chuan solo drills training a day; most days, I've been getting up to 15+ minutes a day.  Sounds pretty measly right now, but I'm developing the daily habit.  And believe it or not, 15 minutes of concentrated training actually takes real effort.  I'd much prefer that I get those few minutes of attentive mindful training in rather than hours of mindless, rote training.

Reflecting on the Essence of Happiness

Happy Buddha, Longhua Temple, Shanghai China (CC).

Happy Buddha, Longhua Temple, Shanghai China (CC).

The Gift of Strength

So Santa/Hannukah Harry brought me a pleasant surprise this year.

Stretching and Instability

Who knew you could get sore stretching? It's a new experience for me. I've done 2 hours worth of yoga so far over my vacation. While I am more relaxed and loose now, I'm also sore. This is either a reflection of my tightening up since I haven't been very diligent about stretching over the last few months or maybe I just always go overboard trying to hold advanced versions of the asanas. Either way my hammies have been definitely feeling it over the past two days.

The holidays and winding down the year

Well, it's already December, and I'm still just a bit short of my training goals for the year. I can't hold a dragon flag for much more than 9 seconds, which quite a bit away from my goal of 20 seconds. That's directly correlated with my inability to hold a full front lever. I probably won't be upping my static hold times by the end of the year, so those goals are going to have to carry over. My handstand goal I'm going to say is completed since I can actually hold a handstand for a few seconds, even if I can only do it somewhat inconsistently.

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