Red Belt Challenge: Weekend 2



Weekend Synopsis:

It was a good weekend. We got into intense Taijutsu training. I even got a fat lip. My husband and I tend to train hard together. Frequently, we walk away with bruises as was the case this weekend.

One of the great moments of this weekend was practicing defense against a sword attack.

Always open to playing around with techniques, I sidestepped into a vertical sword attack, jabbed my elbow into my husband’s face guard, then slid my hand in between his on the handle as I rotated my body away from him, snatching the sword out of his hand.

The dumbfounded look on his face was priceless which was quickly replaced by excited eyes and “How did you do that?”

Have you ever had one of those fantastic moments in training when everything works?



Soke Masaaki Hatsumi

Soke Masaaki Hatsumi continually encourages us to play with our training. So, we played.

We spent the following 40 minutes playing with the move. It was a lot of fun, almost as if we were back in our Home Dojo.

I got in a little bit of walking and some weight lifting. I used 8 lb weights until my upper body was jello. It felt good.


Weekend break down:

  • Walked 3 miles (without pack)
  • 500 steps (without pack)
  • Stretched/Yoga both days
  • Practiced sword drills and ukemi
  • 2 hours weight training
  • 5 hours Taijutsu training
  • Fasted twenty-four hours on Sunday



We kept our home dojo set up this weekend.

It was motivating to work out the next morning. Usually, we set out our mats first which takes a solid 15 to 20 minutes. It means we have to want our work out. I have to admit there were times when we put off our training until the next day out of sheer laziness.

Leaving the mats out helped curb our lazy streak.


How do you curb your lazy streak?




Thank you for reading.

J. R. Lowe

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