So firstly, my brother and I went for our first zombie run this morning. I’d been looking forward to it since I found out about the app, and with great excitement we started getting ready. Unfortunately though, the Android phones aren’t able to download it until mid-June! Originally we were planning on just getting two phones, two apps, two head sets, and starting at the same time. Stuck with one, we decided to use my FM transmitter to a portable radio. We had to buy a new radio because Dad’s old one is pretty crap. I was reluctant to spend more money for no good reason, but the new radio worked amazingly well- crisp and loud and accurate. So off we went! The options are a half hour run or a full hour run, with or without incoming zombie hordes chasing you (forcing you to pick up the pace for up to a minute at a time). It was really good! We couldn’t always hear the transmissions because of the poor transmitter, but for the most part it was quite magical carrying a radio as your only method of receiving instructions from “base”, yelling directions at you to shelter, pick up supplies for the township and dodge proximal hordes. And, it seems, there’s a fairly interesting story running behind the scenes- there’s something more sinister than just surviving. I’m looking forward to going for more runs!
Which leads me to my next point. The Academy of Traditional Fighting Arts is hosting an intensive training weekend this Frinight, Saturday and Sunday. Training eight hours a day, just like the gashuku. Unfortunately, I won’t be going because I promised Bethwyn we would go to a Shaun Tan exhibit. I don’t normally remember the dates of things- I just write them on my calendar and see what’s coming up over the next few days, so I didn’t realise I had double-booked until it was too late. Shaun Tan should be amazing, but I still mourn not joining the boys in their training. As I was busy mourning, I jokingly suggested that I’d hold my own gashuku. And then I realised I totally could! I asked Bethi if it were all right if I spent the weekend training, and she mostly said yes, so it’s on! Here’s my planned schedule, though knowing life it will not look very much like this at all.
5:45 – Get up! Fruit, ablutions, dressed
6:00 – Taiji
6:30 – Half hour joggle, interspersed with sprinting
8:00 – Cold shower, breakfast, meditation, tea and reading Bubishi
9:30 – Pick up photos with Beth
11:00 – Basics:
100 double punches
100 age uke
100 chudan uke
100 soto uke
100 gedan uke
200 reverse mawashigeri (hook kicks)
- Neko ashidachi:
100 mawashi uke + toga guchi
100 hiki uke
200 hiki uke + maegeri + gyaku zuki + hiki uke
100 shuto uke
1:00 – Lunch!
2:15 – Conditioning: Knuckle push-ups, Okinawan push-ups, jumping push-ups, dips, pull-ups, ab blasters, bicycle crunches, little kicks, reverse crunches, bridge, squats, lunges, frog hops, spidermans and anything else I can think of.
3:00 – Yoga, cool-down.
3:15 – Hot shower, more fruit, get ready for Shaun Tan
7:30 – Dinner
10:30 – Bed
5:45 – Get up! More fruit, more ablutions
6:00 – Taiji
6:30 – Joggle and sprint
8:00 – Cold shower, breakfast, meditation, tea, reading
9:30 – Kata:
80 Fukyugata (ichi, ni, embu)
70 Gekisai dai (ichi, ni, embu)
60 Saifa (kata, embu)
30 Sanchin (miyagi style)
20 Feng quan 1
10 – Sanchin (Higaonna style)
?:?? – Lunch!
2:00 – Conditioning. More knuckle push-ups, Okinawan push-ups, jumping push-ups, dips, pull-ups, ab blasters, bicycle crunches, little kicks, reverse crunches, bridge, squats, lunges, frog hops, spidermans and anything else I can think of.
2:45 – Cold shower, fruit.
3:15 – Head to Mugai Ryu
6:30 – Home. Hot shower! Dinner! Sleep!
No matter how badly life interferes, I aspire to never give up. At no point during the weekend will I allow myself to think the words “Okay, that’s enough, I can rest now” unless I’ve damn well completed each of the tasks. If I set myself fifty push-ups, I’ll do fifty push-ups, even if I have to stagger them. All up, it should be about five hours training on Saturday, eight hours training on Sunday. Ouss!