Ancrene Wiseass

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Yes, this really is yet another blog by a disillusioned grad student. I sympathize, but that's just the way it has to be. For hints as to what my bizarre alias means, click here and here and, if needed, here and here. To get a sense of what I'm up to, feel free to check out the sections called "Toward a Wiseass Creed" and "Showings: Some Introductory Wiseassery" in my main blog's left-hand sidebar. Please be aware that spamming, harassing, or otherwise obnoxious comments will be deleted and traced.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Stuff I learned today

Things I learned in my first lesson with the master:

1) I don't know how to make a fist (although at least I don't put my thumb on the inside) and I can't punch worth a crap--yet.
2) I kick well, but I've got to stop pointing my toe, or it's going to get broken (too many years of ballet class coming into play there, I think).
3) My flexibility is still pretty decent.
4) My coordination isn't quite as bad as I thought.
5) My reflexes are awful--for now.
6) My perfectionism is literally physical: I don't breathe while I'm trying to learn combinations. The master says I'd better relax, or I'm going to pass out.
7) Once I get over my inhibitions about yelling while hitting things, I like doing it a whole lot.
8) If I stop watching myself to make sure I'm doing it right and trust my body do its thing, I tend to do much better.
9) I felt better walking out than I did going in.

First group lesson is tomorrow: I expect to stick out like a sore thumb, even though I'll be all the way in the back, but what the hell? I've got to start somewhere, right?