Some things are best left to the experienced. And to understand that, you just have to watch.
While the OBs thought my wife was looney, I relaxed and put my trust in her judgement. I followed her to many bodybuilding contests. I trained beside her. I put up with the pre-contest mood swings that come when you get ripped before going on stage. Anyone who pays attention to milligrams of sodium entering her body is a person who knows her body.
She did what she did because she was damn good at it. Sort of in the spirit of Bruce in the movie Bruce Almighty
, she was "showing off."
Even pregnancy became an opportunity to compete with her peers. And in the spirit of it all, she "won." Good for her.
Last night I did something with Shana that I have always dreamed of doing. I tried some karate training that I've always felt would be perfect for a pregnant woman.
I started by taking her and a few students through Seikichi Toguchi's rendition of Sanchin.
It's all about breathing done in perfect dynamic and temporal synchrony with slow, controlled movement. I was rusty... I hadn't done it in ... oh ... maybe 2 decades.
But it did come back to me. I'll go back to Toguchi's book tonight and brush up on the final details.
Then I told Harry to do arm rubbing with her. No blood, no foul here. Even a hack can do this with a beginner and not hurt them.
Then I asked Harry to step aside.
I then had the opportunity to "show off." I showed Shana how someone could do arm pounding with speed and precision, and barely bump the forearm. It wasn't about forearm bashing. It was all about redirection and control of the person's center.
Yes, we are pangainoon. And I did start the middle of the workout with a Go-ju Sanchin. The harder we are, the softer we should be capable of performing. If you don't know how to do both, then you just haven't arrived. This is my bias in karate. I want white to be white, black to be black, and the contrast to be as stark as a human can make it. And I want the capacity to do both - at the same time.
Go ahead, Shana, sue me if I hurt you.
And I think - just maybe - that Harry learned something last night.
As they say on TV, "Don't try this at home." Leave it to people who have done the exercise long enough to understand its potential dynamic range.
To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing.
A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.