I worked (subbed) on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of this week and got to Tae Kwon Do every evening M-Th and then got to noon class on Friday and Adult Class at 9 AM this morning, so I haven't had a decent chance to sit down here, download the pics from the digital camera and SHARE with all of you!
First, last Saturday was the big TKD Tournament! There were something like 500 competitors, adults and kids. You can choose to compete in forms and/or board-breaking and/or sparring. Sparring is what they do in the Olympics, but it ain't for me. I mean, at every belt level testing, we have to do a form and one-step sparring and self-defense (pre-set, coordinated sequences of moves, blocks, punches, kicks, etc.) and board breaking (hands or feet against a square of pine wood) and we have to do some light contact sparring, which is fine with me. But, then there is full-contact sparring which I am just not crazy enough to do. Everybody I know who spars has bruises at the least, and some have far more serious injuries. Its not worth it to me. Give me my forms and let me show what I can do.
At the tournament, everyone is put into competitive groups of 4-5 others of the same gender, about the same age, and about the same belt level. I was with 3 other women. At almost 45 (this Thursday!) I was the oldest, but the spread was only from 39 and up, so it wasn't a big deal. Also, in each event, there is 1 gold medalist, 1 silver medalist, and then everyone else gets a bronze. So, how did I do? Well, amazingly, I took the GOLD in forms! Here I am doing Pal Gwe Pal Jang:
(Sorry... I guess you have to turn your head or your monitor to see me right-side up.)
And here I am receiving my medal (I'm the one in the middle):
Then I really crapped out in my board breaking. I did fine on my knifehand strike, but I was all off on my spinning kick. Once I had done it incorrectly for 3 tries, I couldn't get out of the rut, and my foot was sore and so I kept flinching instead of keeping my leg straight and my foot at the proper angle and all I was succeeding in doing was "thunking" against the board. I finally switched to a different kick and eventually broke the board, but it was a very poor performance. Still and all, a very valuable learning experience.
On the knitting front, here's a pic from earlier in the week, working on the back of Klaralund:
And here it is complete (the back, silly, not the whole sweater!):
I'm now on the sleeves, working them side-by-side at the same time on one long circular needle.