Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Home free!

Okay, it didn't exactly come that easily, and it's not that I'm exactly out of the woods, but the worst is over! I FINALLY got my board break done. Hooray! This was on the only stressor for this week with TKD. Doing my form, my weapons and sparring tomorrow are all water under the bridge compared to getting this board break now. I am SOOOOOOO relieved! I practiced a few times, but I remember SW saying that if I practice too many times, then a) I get tired and wear down, and b) I over-analyze things, thus doing it wrong. So I didn't practice too much. I went last, naturally, being the only adult in the class, and needing to break two boards to test. Fortunately, Gary showed up, and was able to help out a little. When I was done adjusting the boards, I got the elbow break the first time with no problem. No surprise. The kick wasn't quite right again. I wasn't happen, but I didn't let it get me down, as I was RIGHT THERE. Ryan asked if I wanted to do one more practice, and I said no, let's do it-- no practice. So I ran again....and with a big kihap-- BAM! It went through. Thank God (or the higher power of your choice)! I am just SO glad it's over. I don't have to do anymore jump-kick breaks like that ever again-- or at least not for a very, very, long time! The next break I have to do for the next cycle is palm heel and round kick combo. I have a hard time with a round kick as well, but I think after this one, it will be a little easier, as I have a natural tendency to like breaking with the ball of my foot.

So, graduation, here I come! That's tomorrow night. (Yeah, I know I was cutting it close by breaking to test the night before, but I didn't have much of a choice!) I will just have to get through graduation, then I only have to worry about the interschool tourney in two weeks. That's not as pressured, because I just have to do what I've already done. I know what to expect on that, as I know my main competition (Hi Sandy! :-P), and even if she does better, I will still come in second, and in getting just ONE point, I'll top the current status of being tied for first. I'm pretty sure that Sandy's gonna get me this time in sparring. It's been getting harder and harder to compete with her, y'know!

Like I said, I'm just relieved that the break from hell is over. I can move on from here, for sure!


[Mat] said...

Best of luck and all my good energy wishes :D

Anonymous said...

Congrats!!! I know that is a load off your mind! I'm so happy it is over with. You are right, the rest of graduation will be a piece of cake. :-) Good going!
Love, Oceandirt (Sandy)

Miss Chris said...

I'm relieved for you!