Lots of right leg training and conditioning lol

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Since I’m not allowed to put ANY weight on my left leg at ALL until Monday, my right leg is getting quite the workout! I’m getting *much* better at hopping up onto things with one leg. I also have figured out how to get some momentum going on the crutches. Apparently they take some practice. I sucked terribly at crutches for the first few days. I also have gotten quite a bit better at pivoting on one foot, hopping across the kitchen, and just standing around on one foot for awhile. Since I really want this ankle to heal perfectly I’m putting a LOT of effort into following the surgeon’s orders to the letter. My one legged balance has improved drastically in only 4 days time. After I’m allowed to put weight on my left foot I will have to start very slowly conditioning that leg. I won’t be able to hop in it for a few weeks though due to the impact and weight. I still have to wait 10 more days until I can do “taichi” or anything similar. I’m guessing that might include mud walking. I really do miss mudwalking. I did try to show someone a heaven palm turnaround change thing yesterday, one footed; it was sort of funny.

I have found however if I spend more then an hour out of bed hopping around and such that my foot swells up a LOT, an that the endorphins start to kick in. Due to so much pain my entire life (from crohns) I sometimes don’t actually feel pain in a normal way, but just feel the endorphin sickness and dizziness instead. This is how it mostly went when I tore the ligament in my wrist during practice. Speaking of hands, I appear to have majority fucked up my left hand somehow. I figure it was trying to navigate crutches and so forth on the second day, while on some heavy duty painkillers. I can barely lift my cel phone with my left hand now. I have been putting dit de jao on it though, to make sure it heals quickly.

I have spent the day talking about the esoteric side of Bagua and martial arts in general. This evening I have two different friends coming over at different times. It will be a fun Friday night, and actually much more active then most of my Friday nights where all I usually do is catch up on work lol. “Wuwei” and “Lutus” will be visiting, but at different times. Both of them know what Bagua is; does talking about Bagua with them count as my daily practice? Perhaps I will do some QiGong with them…

I love my Bagua friends, you guys are great!

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Seriously! Circle walking must just inject some awesomeness into each person or something ;). My friends have all been taking such good care of me all week, I feel spoiled. Well OK so there is an Aikido friend “The One” in there was well, and one non MA friend lol. I’m giving everyone nicknames since I also talk about esoteric stuff on here and I don’t want to out anyone, also no one wants their real names used on a very public blog.

You really underestimate the difference it makes to have someone walk across the kitchen and fill up a glass of water for you and walk it back over to you until doing it yourself makes the pain 3 times worse and takes so much effort you need to rest afterwards. Fortunately each day this week has involved some very wonderful people fetching many glasses of water for me, doing store runs, and even washing dishes! I am very grateful to know each and every one of you :). It has also been quite cool since it has been a good excuse to have a different friend visit every day this week lol. Fortunately said water fetchings and chatting with me and keeping me company appears to be something they have all enjoyed as well.

Then my online Bagua friends have been awesome enough to keep me busy with Bagua discussion via chat. This really helps to keep my mind off the pain, and also keep me resting instead of making my ankle worse by trying to hop around getting stuff done. My other friends have also kept me busy on the phone. Usually I’m not in this close contact with all of my friends, but this week I think they have realized it really helps. Fortunately it’s all incoming calls so my phone company won’t benefit too much from this. It will be odd next week to go back to just hearing from someone once in awhile and only having company over once or twice per week ;).

Last night a Bagua/Taichi friend “WuWei” came over, we talked about MA, we did a little sitting Qigong, then we did some tarot readings. It was a lot of fun. We also ordered ribs in (“WuWei” bought) so I wouldn’t have to cook or do dishes. I can see that I will be gaining much weight by the time my ankle is healed lol.

I unfortunately only did 10 minutes of sitting Bagua QiGong yesterday since I was tired pretty quickly. I was going to do more in the evening, but unfortunately by then my ankle was hurting so much I had to take extra painkillers and just head to bed. I was even too tired to do my regular online chat. I will try to get more QiGong done today by doing it throughout the day in little spurts.

My friend “Lotus” came over for awhile today, and we somehow managed to keep talking for a few hours straight lol. Well I guess there isn’t all that much you can do with a sore ankle besides talking; not hiking up the mountain or anything for example. We talked about internal martial arts of course, did some tarot, some esoteric stuff, and there was some ankle healing involved. I really look forward to seeing the results of that :). The joke about OK just get up and walk now was *not* funny LOL, it takes more time then that… The best part of “Lotus'” visit however was the fact that the glasses of water would come to me each time I was thirsty instead dof me having to fight with these damn crutches to get into the kitchen, then trying to figure out how to get a glass full of water upright back to where I was sitting.

Unfortunately I don’t have any friends coming over to visit tomorrow. Hopefully I will be well enough to get some work done ;). “Byleth” will be coming over on Saturday however… I hope she brings food . She has offered to do any help around the house that I might need as well!!

This may seem perfectly normal, however when I originally broke my ankle I went for 3 days without eating because the kitchen was downstairs and the pain level was just too high to even crawl on my butt that far. This is a pleasant change ;).

Welcome to my Baguazhang blog

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I have been practicing Bagua for nearly 5 months now. I should be a master soon right? 😉 My first Bagua class was on May 29th of this year (2010). Before this the only martial arts experience I have had was doing QiGong for a year or so, and Taichi for about 9-10 months now. Needless to say I’m a complete newbie who knows practically nothing about Bagua. However, I like to think I know lots, so I will post lots of my impressions and experiences here.

I started out taking Swimming Dragon Bagua, which is basically a form of movements that you learn. I really should have taken the beginner’s Bagua first, but the teacher allowed me to take the 2nd class in the series since I show unreasonable amounts of ambition; well that and I practice daily, which apparently it’s par for the course from what others tell me. I don’t understand the not practicing daily thing. I practice every day that I can get out of bed anyways. My health is far from perfect, so it is unimaginable for me to see someone with good health miss an opportunity to practice. If you have no trouble standing up, and practicing for half an hour to an hour doesn’t destroy your entire day for other activities, why wouldn’t you? OK so perhaps after I have been practicing martial arts for 5 or 10 years I will understand better LOL. I have however been practicing magic for 20 years now, and it has been VERY seldom I have missed a day of my regular practice. I did take a month off on three different occasions during this time though. I currently practice magic for 1-2 hours per day, and Bagua for half an hour to 2 hours per day. It all depends how I’m feeling that day, if I need to get other stuff done (too much Bagua makes me too tired to work), and so forth. If I have a Taichi or Bagua class on the same day, then my practice time is only half an hour, or on Sundays is non-existent. Each Sunday I have 3-4 hours of martial arts classes, so I take it easy.

My current class schedule is a bit busy, but I feel it is really needed to keep my health up. I really don’t feel as good during the summer and winter breaks, even though I do keep up my daily practice. I currently take 6 classes per week (including one which is personal training in Bagua), and once per week I meet with a friend who practices the same Taichi and Bagua that I do.

I will refrain from adding my teachers’ names to this blog, simply because I take a very unorthodox approach to things, speak my mind which is often politically incorrect, and thus don’t wish to make either of them look bad.

If you are wondering what Bagua is, you are really on the wrong blog, and should probably go out and get some fresh air or something. Or you can go look it up on wikipedia. It involves a great deal of circle (octagon) walking. Actually it involves so much circle walking, I sometimes wonder if that is all I will be learning!