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    Oss Everyone! (salute)

    As some of you may have noticed, I've been away from KenpoTalk for a while. This was for a couple of reasons: First, I originally wanted a break to spend a little more time with friends/family & try to develop something of a social life outside of Kenpo; Second, I got injured over the holidays & have been feeling depressed & a little anti-social.

    I have a sprained left foot & ankle, and my right foot has a contusion (sp?) on it which, if I understood the doctor correctly, is a blood clot--a bruise on top an another bruise, or something like that. I have to keep both feet elevated, use ice packs & take ibuprofen until they heal, which will be in a few weeks (exactly how many the doctor couldn't say).

    I miss training so much--in addition to it being my workout & stress reliever, I miss the school, my instructor, & my fellow classmates. It's frustrating, because I'd been getting ready to test for stripe when it happened, & I know that I'm gaining weight every day that I don't work out. (I can do stomach crunches on my back with my feet in the air, I guess that's better than nothing.) So, I'm watching a lot of TV, catching up on threads on KT & MT, & occasionally looking at my belt chart to review the pledges, sayings, & vocabulary terms.

    Since injuries are something all of us in the martial arts have to deal with, how do you deal with them, especially keeping your motivation & fighting "the blues"? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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    Use this time to stretch, read important Kenpo books, From a sitting position you can still practice blocking set, finger set, striking set. Get well soon.
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    i think the most important thing in fighting the blues and staying motivated is by doing productive activities.
    if you're injured to the point that movement is hard, you have to do what you can, but you can also exercise your brain.
    the worst kind of break to take is a forced break.
    you mentioned that you wanted to take a break to develop a social life outside of kenpo, and now that youve been forced to stop.......it makes it that much harder because you have an option taken away.
    just remember that its only temporary and do what you can in the meantime.

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    Well, it seems you've all ready been given the best advice.

    Kenpo is only 1/3 physical, the other 2/3 are mental and spiritual. We often place so much focus on the physical that the mental and spiritual take a backseat in our training. Take this opportunity to work on those skills. Develope the mental side for a while and read some books, catch up on your notes, or be creative and explore some of your own ideas and write some articles yourself! Develop and strengthen your spirit by staying positive, focusing your energies in a productive way, and keep an indomitable spirit.

    Try "visualization drills." While relaxing attempt to "see" yourself executing forms and techniques in your mind. Try and get through a whole form in your head...it's not as easy as it may sound. But if you can, it will help you to not only retain the information, but when you are physically able to do the form again you may be surprised by the improved performance.

    Hope you get to feelin' better soon! =)
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    Thanks for the suggestions & support, Sirs. They do help--more than I can say.

    The foot with the contusion is starting to itch, which I hope means it's healing. I can now walk on them for a few minutes before they get sore & I have to prop them up--so they're getting better!
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    Don't rush your rehab is A #1. That can just prolong getting well. As was already mentioned, use this time to work on other stuff. We had a BB who blew out her knee. She spent several months in a wheelchair. Her hands are really fast now...

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    When you get tired of crunches, try leg lifts and leg extensions. You can do those seated!
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    I had an injury years ago that had me on my back for 4+ months. (tore the muscle away from my spine in a fall at work.)

    I spent alot of time simply contemplating forms, counters, strikes. Like someone else said, envisioning every move in your head... I still do that to help remember the smaller details. I didn't have the option to do anythin g physical for a while so I also spent alot of time working on my breathig, making sure that at all times I was taking full 3 stage breaths. When I was off the muscle relaxers I almost filled a sketchbook with ideas, counters, directional attacks, stances, modified stances, throws, modified throws, center manipulation. etc etc.. it definatly helped with passing the time too.

    Hope this helps.. and hope you get better soon..

    Don't push yourself too much... clots can be very VERY nasty. specialy if you have a fracture.. get better, and be well.

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    Thanks for the suggestions; will be doing some leg lifts tonight & practicing some forms, either just doing the upper body movements ("armchair forms") or visualization.

    Went by the school last night to pay my membership dues (gotta keep the doors open) & watched class. It felt good just to be there & watch for awhile...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gin-Gin2
    Thanks for the suggestions; will be doing some leg lifts tonight & practicing some forms, either just doing the upper body movements ("armchair forms") or visualization.

    Went by the school last night to pay my membership dues (gotta keep the doors open) & watched class. It felt good just to be there & watch for awhile...
    That is actually a good practice, that way you don't form a habit of not going.
    Just because you do something one way, does not mean that everyone else does it that way, or that it is even the correct way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seig
    That is actually a good practice, that way you don't form a habit of not going.
    Yep - don't want to lose the addiction.

    But seriously, I can't thank all of you who've responded to this thread enough; because I live alone, it's easy to feel sorry for myself & slip into "the blues." The few close friends I have are busy with work & their own lives & most of my family lives out of town &/or has health problems & are in worse shape than I am. I know this is a temporary thing (being injured), but it's places like this that not only have interesting threads to discuss, but a place for a friendly voice to say, "Yeah, I've been there" when you need one.

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    Seeing as I might have fractured my left foot,(courtesy of sparring with our very own Celtic Crippler) I understand how you're feeling Gin-Gin.
    I've taken this time to relax a moment and catch up on my reading of Mr. Parkers Vol I. and Zen in the Martial Arts. I've also been stretching and trying to visualize as much as I can. I usually visulize moves while I'm trying to go to sleep. Keeps me up on it all.
    The pain has also taught me alot... mainly how to kick correctly and to wear foot protection in the square next time.
    A few months ago I had to have surgery on my tailbone, and visualization was the only thing that kept me from forgetting everything during my recovery.

    I go for xrays next week, so here's hoping for nothing broken.

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    Erith????? Is that you singing Angel and Hand in Pocket. Sent shivers down my spine, especially Angel. Lots of meaning to me right now since I lost a parent, a little different meaning, but totally relevant.

    Keep singing while you heal. Hope it is not broken.

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    Michael - that is me singing. Erith is my middle name, you can call me Katie, KenpoKatie, or kt. I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Here, (((hug))), hope that helps.

    Thanks for the kudos... the foots healing nicely. Kept it wrapped, iced, and elevated. Now, if I could beat this marathon migraine I've been fighting since Wednesday, life would be peachy. I actually missed class and work today I felt so nauseous . The meds are kicking in, so I should be good here shortly.

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    Keep the foot elevated when not in use.

    And be creative with your cardio, there are lots of ways to build your cardio, anythnig that gets your heart pumping, and body sweating should be beneficial.
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    Sounds like good advice... especially when the weather gets better.
    I'm sure I can do other things around the house as well when my foot heals.
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    Well..I was wondering what happening to ya! Sounds like you're pretty miserable right now. I hope you get to feeling better soon!
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    I have two ruptured discs in my back - I know how it feels to not be able to train from injury. Just listen to your doctor so that you can heal as fast as possible. You'll be back on your feet in no time

    Quote Originally Posted by Celtic_Crippler
    Try "visualization drills." While relaxing attempt to "see" yourself executing forms and techniques in your mind. Try and get through a whole form in your head...it's not as easy as it may sound. But if you can, it will help you to not only retain the information, but when you are physically able to do the form again you may be surprised by the improved performance.

    I use this technique regardless of injury - it's a huge part of my training and really helped me maintain and avoid the "blues" while I was out of class last year.
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    I've also been fighting the marathon migraine from hell. I hope, *crosses fingers* it all done with. The foot's feeling a lot better, but I'm still cautious. At the present time, I'm studying Kenpo online and attacking the laundry monster; relatively calm activities.
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    Thanks for the support--Katie I hope your foot isn't broken & that your migraine is gone soon (I don't get migraines but know others who suffer from them & I sympathize). EvilPookie, sorry to hear about your back; hope you'll be able to get on the mat again soon too. Sorry I haven't been online much lately, have been trying to catch up on cleaning my apartment so it doesn't look like such a pig sty; vacuuming for a few minutes one day, doing the dishes the next, folding laundry, etc. & keeping off my feet in between tasks as much as I can. The visualization, leg lifts & stretching help a lot...plus, my instructor asked me to come in & help with the kids class one night last week. I really enjoyed that; not only was it good to be in the dojo again, but it was a challenge because I couldn't do the stances so I had to describe them verbally in as much detail as possible as well as use one of the kids as a model to show the correct foot position (hope I did ok, Kenposatori). So I'm still being challenged & learning new things even though I can't physically practice all of my own material yet--hmmm, funny how that works...

    Gin-Gin

    P.S. - A woman at work has started teaching a free Yoga class for beginners during the Lunch hour & I went to my first class today. I've never taken Yoga before, & I told her that I was injured but she reassured me that I could just do the postures that didn't aggravate my foot & ankle. I feel great, & to be honest, it was more difficult than I thought it would be. A lot of time was spent on breathing & relaxation (which I'm still trying to learn in Kenpo ). Good stuff!
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