Monday, March 24, 2014

Killin' it with Kelly Campbell

So a few weeks ago I took a 3 hour seminar with a top female Krav Maga instructor named Kelly Campbell through Krav Maga OC.  WOW!  First of all, I have never been to any kind of martial arts or fitness seminar, so I had NO idea what to expect.  I thought it would be more watching with some participation.  WRONG.  From the minute we got there, until the minute we left, we were working!  Myownself was SPENT, I tell ya!  I went through 7 bottles of water and 2 towels.  Ooof.  Not used to that!  But I learned some great stuff!  My neck was sore from practicing choke escapes, my knuckles hurt from pounding on everything, my makeup was stinging my eyes and I think I could have devoured an entire cow after I got home.  I've read about students testing for 6 to 8 hours when going for a new belt and that just seems impossible to me.  I know that some day some day, I will be ready for that, but right now I might as well take a test on how well I fly like Superman because success would be equally as likely.

There was also a great turnout!  A ton of enthusiastic students and a lot of talent in the room.  I tried to fit in the best I could as an out of shape beginner. I did see a couple of guys laughing at me trying to straddle a pad and punch it with my fists, but you know, I was laughing too because it was truly a sight to see.  Need to work on that one, I have short legs.  But for the most part, it was fun and totally worth my time.  I saw a lot of familiar faces and met some new ones, too.  I've made some friends already in Krav and that has turned out to be one of the many perks of starting this new adventure.  I leave you a picture of the event:  I am in the lower right front with the blond(ish) ponytail.  Yeah, it looks like I'm eating a sandwich.  Apparently I need to work on my boxing stance, too.  LOL.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Screw Discouragement!!!

Krav is hard for me.  I have a hard time keeping up.  In class last night I was winded just during the warm up of running around the room.  I looked around and no one else was struggling as hard as me (at least that I could tell).  I had to stop and rest a lot.  When the instructor asked "Did everyone get that?" I had to yell out "NO!" like the slow kid in class.  One of the drills was to have a dog pile of people hold you down on the ground while you try to get up and out of it.  I can barely get off the ground with NO ONE on top of me!  I sweat like a pig and my makeup runs all down my face.  When I go home, everything is sore.  I'm limping around my kitchen this morning because my muscles are rebelling against me!  My body is screaming "WHAT ARE YOU DOING?".  It's pathetic.  But is it?

It is easy to get discouraged when something doesn't come naturally to me; when I have to work twice as hard as everyone else just to do the basics.  BUT I'M DOING IT.  I'm trying.  Sometimes I want to lay on the ground and laugh, and other times I want to cry.  But this is the way life is!  I remember my first day at a 'real' job.  They sat me in front of a computer and gave me a pile of work to do.  I barely knew how to turn the computer ON.  I panicked!  I was in WAY over my head.  What did I do?  I got under my desk and called someone for help whispering on the phone while asking questions.  I read some manuals.  I watched other people.  I secretly took my work home at night so I could take my time to try and figure things out.  I was with that company for 10 years and by the time I left I was the one everyone was coming to for help.  I became the teacher instead of the student.  It took awhile.  I was also a cop for a brief time in my life, and when I was in the police academy, the other students (mostly men) rolled their eyes at the 5'4" 21-year-old blonde girl.  They figured the only reason I was accepted was because of affirmative action.  That was probably partly true, but I wasn't given any free rides once I was there that's for sure - I had to do the same things as everyone else!  And I graduated!  I remember taking the driving test, (which was hellacious, high-speed and extremely stressful) and when I finished I looked over at my instructor and said "Did I fail?".  He laughed and said "Fail?!? You got 100%!!" I almost fell out of the car.  No one else got a 100% that day; only me.  I couldn't believe it! When it was announced, some men congratulated me, and some men huffed, shook their heads and walked away pissed off.  It was a good day.  :-)

So Krav is just like all those other times in my life.  I'm gonna have to work at it.  It's not going to happen overnight. It's not going to be easy. Some people will be supportive and others won't.  I'm going to want to quit.  But I'm not going to!  That's not how I roll.  Screw discouragement!!  Hello blood, sweat and tears - GIMME ALL YOU GOT!