Monthly Archives: November 2013

A Little Overtraining

Man having joint pain sucks.  I’m not sure what is going on but my knee has been hurting for a while.  It started the other day when I got back from a run and I noticed that it was feeling a bit sore when I would walk on it.  It doesn’t hurt when I was running but it hurt afterwards and it’s been hurting a bit since.  I think that I may have stepped on it funny, or twisted it a little bit or something.  It isn’t bothering me that much right now but sometimes I notice it when I am walking and it just feels a bit weird to me so I Think I am going to have a doctor take a look at it.  I know a lot of people have knee pain and have to do some recovery to get it to go away.  I think it’s pretty common with runners and people who spend a lot of time exercising involving their legs.  Sometimes I do squats at the gym but that doesn’t seem to aggravate it.  Like I mentioned it didn’t start bothering me until after I got back from a run and it wasn’t even that bad, just something that I noticed.

It might be a good idea for me to start icing it.  The thing is that I don’t really spend as much time as I should on recovery and sometimes that has lead to injuries.  I tend to overdo it and overtrain because I like training but I don’t like stopping.  Running is something I like to do and even if I’m not feeling entire recovered from the last run I tend to go on that day’s workout, anyway.  So now I end up injured and it’s probably because I should’ve taken a bit of a rest instead of continuing to run even though I wasn’t feeling any pain because of my knee.  So looking online it seems there are some injections you can get if you have certain kinds of knee pain.  I will have to talk to my doctor first to see what is even going on with mine but maybe they provide osteoarthritis joint pain relief.  I think that I want to get my knee back to normal before I start running again so I don’t end up making it any worse and having to tend to more injuries.  I think in the meantime I am going to do some gentle stretching and not put any more weight on it that I have to just to make sure I don’t cause it to work too hard while it’s healing.

Kung Fu Studies

For a while now I’ve been studying various forms of martial arts. My first style was kung fu back when I was a kid. There was a class nearby that I used to go to and we learned all the basics which are stances, the proper way to punch and kick, etc. I think though that learning that as a kid is great. As you go, you also learn different methods of conditioning your body. For example, we used to punch a bag filled with mung beans that was hanging on the wall in order to be able to punch better. It wasn’t just about toughening the fist as much as making sure you have correct body posture. If you punch a bag incorrectly you will feel it.

I studied a few different styles every few years. What I learned in kung fu helped me in each of the other styles. For example, the stances might be different, but the principles are the same. Sometimes the techniques would be a bit different, but knowing how to do a stance in one style helps when you are doing stances in another style. I also studied karate which is a bit different from kung fu. The punches are a bit different, the stances are a bit different, and the general principles are a bit different, but being familiar with kung fu still helped. For example, karate is more direct than other styles. The blocks are hard, the punches are hard, and the movements are direct. Kung fu tends to be less direct, and more emphasis is placed on absorbing your opponent’s force. But they still both use many of the same principles.

Even when I wasn’t taking lessons I would still sometimes practice on my own. I practice my forms and techniques as part of my exercise routine. I train in my old uniform and I use a few other martial arts supplies from in my routine, too. You definitely miss out on something by not having others to train with but you can still get a good workout on your own. I want to make sure that I can still punch and everything and that I remember most of the techniques. I also want to keep up the habits that I’ve learned.

I think it would be cool to study an art that focuses on weapons. I know of kendo but I haven’t seen a school around here.