I was supposed to take my purple belt grading before Christmas last year but what with all the events that went on I didn’t get around to it and to be fair wasn’t really in the mood anyway, but since returning to karate again this year things have progressed so well that Bill and Sue felt that I was ready to take my grading.
So tonight was grading time and although I felt pretty relaxed about the whole thing maybe I was a little too relaxed, the grading started a little nervously to say the least but once I got going the confidence came back a bit and things started going better.
After about half an hour the grading was over and it ended with dinner terminology which is always a bit tough but I actually got in pretty well with 6 out of 7 correct ski maybe things are starting to go in there a little.
After a minor anxious wait Bill announced that I passed but also said he’d seen me a lot better so I guess it was a bit of a bad day in the office but I did enough to get paid, turned out the scores weren’t as bad as I thought, 8/10 for basics, 8/10 for kata and 8/10 for kumite not the straight 10′s I’m capable of but could be a lot worse.
So in legendary karate you didn’t really start fighting till you reach purple grade so now the serious work starts now, the main aim idea brown belt by the close of the year.
The hard work started tonight with me learning bassai dai a fairly upper belt kata, not so difficult just a matter of learning the moves!
Today I took the step I promised my mum while she was in intensive care just before Christmas that I would start giving blood again.
While Mum was on the intensive care ward and being ventilate she had to have 2 blood transfusions which prompted me to think I need to start doing this again!
I used to give blood years ago but then the weight limit went up and I always weighed just under so wasn’t allowed to do it any more, but now after using the gym for a few years i am just over the weight limit now so was able to
I don’t remember the needle hurting as much as it did ‘Ouch!’ but I am OK with needles and once in it was fine and a nice feeling to know i was doing it for mum and helping someone who needed blood!
After it I was fine apart from needing the toilet from having to drink loads of water! but after a biscuit and another glass of lemon I left via the toilet with my next appointment all booked for June.
That evening and the next day I felt rather drained and tired but guessing as I am right on the low weight limit that is why, feeling fine after a few days so all worth while!
So three of us headed off to the opticians today to get the eyes tested, it should have been Jaydan, Kyler and Jaycee but seeing as Jaydan swerved it to go to a party (Grace’s) I did the right thing and went in place of her, I needed my eyes tested again anyway, it’s been 4 years or so since I was last done and I definitely think the eyes have degraded a little since then.
First up was Kyler, lots of squinting, reading letters on charts that I couldn’t read sitting next to the bloody thing, and it turns out he suffers my issue which is slightly long sighted, no glasses for him though as he probably still needs to grow into his eyeballs whatever that means lol
Jaycee was next and she did really well, she has no problems at all, the optician was amazed at how well she could read for a 6 year old, she said lots of people her age and even older can’t read as well, sound the alphabet phonics like an adult so all good, wtg Jaycee!!
Last up (obviously) was myself, I definitely struggled a lot more than the kids, that made me feel my age, and the diagnosis was as expected, I am long sighted with eyeballs the shape of rugby balls, I definitely need glass for computer work and probably watching TV later at night when the old eyes get a bit tired, not sure if I have worsened since my last test, but I will take my glasses back in tomorrow to check and see and will have the glasses reglazed if necessary.