Note: This post was originally written and posted on another website on September 28, 2016. I’m reposting it here to provide context to the continuing story of my fitness and especially my Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Journey.
About a year ago I tried Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and loved it. Unfortunately, my back didn’t love it as much as I did and I had to give it up. Since then, I’ve gotten busy with regular workouts with my trainer, training my own clients, and our local Rotary Club. I’m busy and loving it all. But I’ve always missed the fun and challenge of jiu jitsu and even more so, the people and the school where I was a student. McHugh Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Academy is a special place where I always felt welcome no matter how bad I was at the sport. (And I was so bad…) The Professor, the Coaches, and the other students are warm and welcoming, even as they try to choke you out. I can’t do Jiu Jitsu anymore, so I was excited that they started a Kickboxing class that I could attend without having to be a jiu jitsu student.
Awesome! The class runs 45 minutes and it’s a heart pounding session. The coach has us warm up by running around the mat to get our heart rates up, then ladder drills to work on fast footwork. Sometimes we do animal crawls to loosen up any muscles that remain tight. Then it’s on to the lesson. We partner up and drill with different punching and kicking combinations. Then we might do some conditioning work with the stand up bags, jump ropes, and kicking pads. Finally we cool down and stretch.
Kickboxing is a very athletic endeavor. It challenges me physically and mentally. The physical is obvious. You have to move and coordinate your upper and lower body to be in the right position to punch and kick the target. Surprisingly, I’ve found that I have to really concentrate mentally to get the combinations right and keep getting them right in succession. I’m not very good at it but I’m glad to be part of a great school again. And if I can get there 2 or even 3 times a week on occasion, maybe I’ll improve. I know I’ll have fun anyway. If you’re in the South Jersey area, check it out and join us. I guarantee you’ll get a great workout!
I’ve just started playing around with a new (to me at least) fractal generating program called Mandelbulb 3D or MB3D. It’s been awhile since I worked with fractals and this program has a lot of features and controls that I’m not familiar with. So I’m sort of following some online tutorials and sort of jumping right in and trying stuff as I go. I’m not in a rush and this kind of “playing” is like getting lost down the rabbit hole. But it’s fun and engrossing. Here are a few of my first images.
Well I really tried to keep up with the photo-a-day, but life had some different ideas and I realized that it’s been 4 months since I posted anything on this blog. Spring is trying to gain a foothold and although we actually had snow today, I believe it’s going to get warmer soon. I took this several weeks ago with my iPhone. I think these buildings are pretty from both the front and the back. This picture I took earlier is the front and the above is the back.
I’ve been honored by several bloggers over the past couple of months to be nominated for awards, and I wanted to send out a Thank You to all of you. I don’t have the time to pay them forward properly so will have to excuse myself from the process. I appreciate the thoughts though. I also appreciate everyone who has read, liked, and followed my random thoughts and images.
Hubby and I are going on vacation in a few days, and I won’t be posting my photo challenge pictures as much as I have so far. I’ll be taking the pictures but won’t have regular access to a computer for awhile. I’m honestly feeling a little burned out from social media. It’s time for a break and I’m looking forward to reassessing my goals for the New Year. Have a happy holiday season everyone and hopefully, I’ll be back in January.
Along with an oil change for my car this morning, I got a free automatic car wash. This may be a weird place to take pictures, but I had my camera with me as always. And then this rainbow appeared as I started into the wash.
I stopped by Smith’s Woods in Eastampton this morning after getting my car inspected (I was only 8 days late this time, which is a record for me). I didn’t spend much time there since I have many errands to do as we head into the holiday season. The sun was shining and it’s not that cold, especially for December in New Jersey. These leaves looked especially pretty in the light. I’ll have to go back sometime next spring to hike the trails and check out the historic Smithville Mansion.
This stand of trees was almost devoid of color anyway, so I went with the black and white image. I over processed it to give it a stark, high contrast look. It became another semi-abstract texture, which I like.
Every year, we put up the same tree with the same ornaments and take a picture of it. Seems silly since it’s the same year to year, but we do it anyway. Tradition I guess. On Christmas Eve, I’ll take a picture of it with the presents under it, same as last year… again. 🙂