Red Belt Challenge: Day 9

public stair 17
Public Stair 17 is my new trainer. It will help me reach my goals.

Synopsis of the Day

My goal this week was to reach climbing 600 steps in a day. On day 9 of my Red Belt Challenge, not only did I obtain my goal, I squished it by 114 steps. It feels good. However, I am not satisfied.


My new goal: work towards a 1000 steps in a day.


Tomorrow, I have a huge science test. So, extra study time is a must. I only practiced ukemi this evening. Rolling is an integral part of Taijutsu. At least it is something.


Does practicing Sanshin no kata in the shower count?


I have to remind myself why I am climbing stairs, why I am pushing physically. I am strengthing my body and mind for my final red belt test.


Here is how the day breaks down:

  • Backpack 30 lbs
  • Climbed 714 stair steps (with pack on)
  • Walked 2.50 miles (with pack on)
  • Fasted for 18 hours



Training even a little every day is essential. It could mean a solid hour of hard training or five minutes of ukemi or running through the Sanshin no kata in the shower (don’t slip). The point is to keep going, keep training. It is the only way to advance.


Training Tip: Shadowbox in the kitchen while cooking dinner.


Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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