Okay, so I realize I’m not and never will be an actual ninja, but it’s still fun to say. Last month we were tested on ten combinations and two forms. Our second one was last Saturday, the big test that everyone fears from the first time they hear about it, the fitness and endurance test. Here’s what it looks like, and yes, this is all in one day, in a row:
1 mile run in under 8 mins
100 pushups, 100 crunches, 100 squats
Sparring the black belts
I survived and I passed! Here’s a few pictures my brother snapped during our sparring with the black belts. I know it’s really hard to tell, but that’s me, honest, fighting one of our past instructors in the white tank top. I love how concerned my fellow apprentice belts (on the left in the background) look while watching me. The girlfriend of one of my training partners also video taped my sparring, I’m thinking maybe I’ll see if I can do a montage of all my best bits and of course take out the parts where I’m getting kicked in the head. 🙂
Next up we have anatomy testing, a written essay (going to nail that part, or at least, I better) and then our final show in December. If all goes well, I will receive my black belt by mid-December.
For now, it’s back to class, including our Saturday morning two hour apprentice class we’ve been attending since January. Phew! It’s a tough road, but it’s going to be worth it. As the juniors say, “What’s our goal? Black belt! Around our waist and in our hearts.”
I’m excited for VCon 38 this weekend! I’ll be on several panels and I’m doing two readings, one at the book launch on Friday night and one on my own on Saturday. This year we have great guests of honour including Dan Wells and Mur Lafferty. There’s always lots to do at VCon, panels, discussions, readings, the art show, gaming, dealers room, crafting and much more.
This year’s theme is pirates!
You can see the whole schedule online HERE. VCon is using the great site Sched.org, so you can choose lots of options for viewing. Say, for example, you wanted to find out when a particular guest was doing panels and readings (ahem) you can click on their name and see their entire schedule. To save you the trouble of clicking on my name, I’ve included my schedule below. The book launch is open to everyone, the panels and other reading I’m doing are part of the convention membership.
Come join the fun!
Friday, October 4
2:00pm Marketing Short Fiction and Poetry
3:00pm Publicity: The Good, The Bad and the Bonkers
4:00pm TAURINE : Legacy of Jolt
7:00pm Book Launch (reading)
8:00pm Writing Girly Women
Saturday, October 5
11:00am Interview with Dan Wells
1:30pm Author Reading: Sandra Wickham
5:00pm Drawing Out the Dark Side: Tapping Into Your Inner Villain
Sunday, October 6
10:00am Pirates vs. Ninjas
11:00am Writing for Fighting
This year I’ve had to cut back on my weight training in order to focus on martial arts. Now I have my black belt testing starting later this month until the end of December. In particular, the fitness testing day comes in about six weeks. Due to the strenuous training needed to pass the tests, I’ve decided to stop weight training for the entire six weeks.
Aaaaaaaaah! *Insert freak out here*
I haven’t taken more than one to two weeks off from weight training since I was about nineteen. I am pretty sure I’ll go through some mental and emotional withdrawal, but I know my body will be the better for it.
This month to begin our black belt testing, we’ll be tested on two forms (katas) and ten combinations. Next month, our fitness testing will go something like this:
8am-10am Apprentice Class
Noon: 1 mile run on the track
100 deep squats
Sparring with the black belts, repeatedly
Nine Reaction Drills
This is the day I’m training for. I’m acutely aware that my body cannot recover from training for this and weight training. I’m living the example I’ve been trying to convince people of for years, that more is not better. Our bodies are not machines. I’m going to have to sacrifice my weight lifting but I know the day I put that black belt around my waist, it will have been worth it.
(Wish me luck!)
With training partner Jennifer on the day we received our Apprentice Belts.