Grading this weekend

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I haven't had much time lately for visiting the forum (I'm in a busy phase of my PhD research), but I wanted to share that I passed my second exam this weekend and have made it to 7th kyu in Shotokan! My performance wasn't quite as good as I wanted. My knees were hurting and it affected my kicks, but it was passable! I'm glad I decided to tape my knees, too. Our exams are held after a full day seminar, and the very last session had a ton of kicks and squatting, which in retrospect, I should have excused myself from, but the tape definitely saved me so I could do my exam.

My knee issues that I was dealing with all summer resolved for about 5 days in September, then came back with a vengeance after class one night. So I headed to the sports doc after two weeks of no improvement, who confirmed some patellar tendonitis and suspected a meniscus injury. However, I don't really have the full symptoms of a meniscus tear (and the two tests they do for it were a negative). So I've been visiting a physical therapist who has done wonderful things for my knees. I have some muscle imbalance and tightness issues that are causing the tendonitis - foam rolling and rolling pin work has been a real help.

Those icy hot patches meant for your back are also surprisingly effective in reducing tendon pain temporarily!
 

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Those knees, those knees... Always painful. Happy to see you made 7th Kyu though. Congrats! Foam rolling helped you? I tried, but gave it up since it was so painful. Maybe I should reconsider.
 

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Congratulations! Make sure to continue taking care of your knees and back as much as you can. Once they go, you won't get them back.
 

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Congratulations, very exciting!!! And yeah take care of yourself, everyone has different issues they come across along the way, finding a routine that addresses yours individually is key. Mine are keeping check on and prehabbing pelvis/abdominals, glute medius, wrists and even knees too every now and then.

Enjoy the feeling of 7th kyu *bows* osu!
 

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Congrats on your advancement. Bad knees are the bane for many athletes. Mine would put me into a limp a couple times a week. I blamed it on my 25 yrs of karate and many thousands of kicks. (Maybe now being a sr. citizen was part of it.) I started working out regularly again last year (karate and some wt. training) - to my surprise, my knees are now pain free most all the time! Be careful of hyper-extending your kicks, and if you do a lot of kneels, wear pads if you're not on a mat.
 

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Congrats on your grading, brother. And best going forward in your PhD research.
 
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Life has gotten so busy, I'm just now coming back to this thread! Thank you all!
 
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