The inspiration thread: The Self-Isolation training of Sosai Mas Oyama

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  1. _Simon_

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    Thought it'd be nice to have a thread dedicated to sharing our own training we've had to do at home, and celebrate each others' little wins. Can be anything we've been working on at all, doesn't have to be the entire session. Even if you were proud that you managed 20 or 50 bodyweight squats.

    As well as serve to inspire ourselves and others.

    The other day my knee was not quite right but I had an itching to train, so I did a knee friendly session. Stoked with that, and that I could figure out on the spot how to navigate it and draw on my own resources and knowledge. (Even did a bunch of extended figure 8s to the front and side with the injured side, really worked the leg hard!)

    Any bickering and arguing will be called out!

    A recent article on Sosai Oyama and his dedication and pursuit of intense self-isolated training. Osu!

    The Self-Isolation Training of Sosai Mas Oyama | The Martial Way
     
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    While stuck at home I'm thinking of even doing my own little solo "day seminar". Back in my old Kyokushin branch we'd have day seminars every few months, training from 10am to about 4/4:30pm. I miss those, would be a good challenge for myself, split up the sessions into different things to work on. No kumite section unfortunately, but plenty of drills I've written down.

    And camps. MAN I miss the camps... and if only there was a mountain nearby...
     
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    well im not self isolating im isolating as he government have shut down all the places i like to spend time, but it amounts to the same thing i suppose.

    if split my day up into units of 15 mins and then dedicate a number of those to various activities

    i can see no point in trying to practise ma, alone and in a small place, it has all the difficulties and drawbacks that people used to point out a great length to rat. i can neither develop or maintain fighting skills in such an environment, so why waste precious time on them ?

    there are however lots of other things i can work on,

    so two units of time, 30 mins of fitness a day press ups dips pull ups and burpies, plus ive dug my keele bells out

    plus 16 units walking/ jogging ( mostly walking)

    4 units of time to learning playing an instrument, ive bought a banjo and im currently teaching myself by ear to play two folk songs

    4 units of time to improving my chess abilities

    4 units to reading classic literature ive always meant to read but never got round to it

    8 units to listen to music, im exploring different styles to my usual listening list, this also over laps some what with other activities, but two hours especially dedicated to music

    and two units to house work and two to decorating

    the rest i just waste on the internet/ you tube, i dont own a TV

    im hoping to come out the other side a fitter, more musical and better read individual, with a much nicer flat
     
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    It has been a most unusual year for me so far. I had 4 plates removed from my left leg 1/31. About 4-weeks later one site became infected and about 2 weeks after that I ended up in the hospital for a knee washout and an intense 5 day round of IV antibiotics.
    I kept working through all of this but granted it was very hindered and limited. Of course there was zero classical exercise through this period.
    I am home now and mostly picked right up where I left off as far as work and projects are concerned (I re-installed a commode the day I got home). We have two medium sized redirect projects going on now to help produce PPE. My part of these projects I have to do from home because I am still tethered to an IV.

    As far as classic exercise I still have not done any or even tried. My left leg still has a good bit of trauma pain. In between working on the PPE project yesterday, I was outside as much as possible. Beautiful weather in TN right now and SO good to see the sun. Really helps the emotional spirit. I mowed the yard, aerated and picked up 5 wheel barrels of fallen limbs. I picked up about a ton of lime/fertilizer/seed at our local CO-OP that I plan to spread today.
    So right now I am happy to get my essentials done. When the PPE project is over, the leg eases up and my gate and motion get better I will start back on my usual morning stretching and exercise routing.
     
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    That's awesome. Fair enough about MA stuff I get where you're coming from. I feel things can still be developed and honed in on, but learning new things on your own of course can be a tricky task. I still plan to get stuck into getting creative with what I know, and breaking things down a bit. Will mix up solid technique work, footwork drills, to even just all out smashing a bag and a hard work session.

    Sounds like a really cool plan! I'm gonna get stuck into more piano stuff for sure
     
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    I'd say that's a massive win, got heaps done!

    Yeah bit by bit and you'll be back on your feet (no pun intended!). Just look after yourself! Even if it's just upper body stuff until your foot heals up.

    And yes, nothing like getting out in the sun :)
     
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    We are in voluntary quarantine for two weeks as my sister-in-law flew in from London and is staying with us, so we aren’t going out for anything right now. Everybody is fine so far, no signs of illness and no reason to believed she was exposed on her trip back. But we feel we owe it to everyone to be cautious.

    So we are doing our best to stay busy with projects and such and in line with that, I am leading everyone (my wife, her sister, and our 6 year old son) in some strength training and White Crane kung fu training. Everyone is trying to stay active and healthy, and the training is going well so far.
     
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    Very good point! It truly is inspiring what Sosai Mas Oyama did. People need that kind of strength and will power now. I will definitely try and inspire some of my clients and follower on YouTube channel etc... to use him as an inspiration. I have been having the hardest time trying to motivate people but would like to make it my mission during this time.
     
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    I do admire the way you are doing your advertising on MT, it's very subtle but in every post on every section you are telling us about your YouTube channel, saves advertising fees lol. :D:D
     
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    That's awesome, really great idea! And glad to hear everyone's well, and that's the idea hey, to first stay safe, and secondly to make the most it :)
     
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    Osu sempai, great to have ya here, I remember your posted a little while ago. Yeah Sosai's dedication was unreal... so much to glean from that.

    I find that it's a little tricky to purposely try to motivate people, but moreso to simply be yourself and let that show. In other words, to be genuine and go after what you're driven to with a relentless fire, and people can't help but be drawn to that. It's like you give other people's light permission to shine by allowing yours to. And that energy and intention sets up a field of influence that way. Follow where your heart is drawn and don't hide it, without trying to convince other people they should do it.

    Just food for thought!

    Love your channel too by the way ;)
     
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    OSU! The more I think about it, I completely agree with you there! Genuine passion speaks much louder than any words can. I really aspire to be that person. It's a long journey!! :)

    Thank you so much by the way. I try my best.

    I hope to see you around on the forum!
     
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    By the way... Anyone else have the original "What is Karate" and "This is Karate" books from Sosai Mas Oyama? I am fortunate enough to own both and would gladly share some of the really cool stuff in there!123
     

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