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In another week or so, I'll have been training for exactly six years!
It's been a few months since my last entry. Getting the nursery ready for the baby has been my main focus during that time. I've had to strip the paneling off the walls and put up drywall. I'm spackling now. Luckily, I've had a lot of help from family and friends.
In spite of that, I've been managing a regular training schedule. I've had some challenges over the past few months other than getting ready for the baby. The hardest thing has been adapting to having diabetes. For a while I was on a medication that made me pretty sick. My current medication only makes me a little sick, and only sometimes. I've also experienced some weight gain, which has been exceedingly frustrating. I think I'm starting to get that back under control, though, and my blood sugar has been pretty good.
My biggest challenge in training has been working on jiyuwaza (a single attacker, usually any attack, with any technique is usually how we define it). I'll need to show five arts against three different attacks for my shodan exam.
So my focus has been on starting with a good hamni (even when tired), thinking about my next technique as I'm finishing the last one, presenting clear, clean techniques, moving sooner (as opposed to quicker), and using my initial movement to blend well.
In other words, I'm working on gaining a minimum level of proficiency.