Dana Sheets wrote:
I'm curious to know if there are other women training in your dojo?
You mentioned that the sanchin testing was painful for you but now, it is better - what do you think changed?
Yes, there are 2 other women training in our dojo. One of my instructor is a woman.
Why Sanchin test was painful at the beginning?
I suppose there must be two reasons for. First of all I just didn't have that so called "iron body".
Second is mental development to stand pain.
Mostly when people start doing karate they have weak muscles, poor posture and wrong breathing habits.
So there is much to do to shape up your body.
And what changed?
I had to work hard to improve my body condition, develop good muscles.
And also needed time for mental development to stand pain.
The biggest challenge was to overcome fear of being hurted.
I believe to learn breathing properly it helped me also to reduce pain.
My teachers are warning us many times: "don’t forget to breath"
and it is really a big key to bringing together all elements of Sanchin.
What I found the most difficult was to learn how to coordinate my movements with the breath. Breathing properly also will help you to find the natural rhythm to do the exercises.
So I’m growing slowly but steadily ...
Have a nice time!