| > > Good old sajo jirugi! It will take time to get used to it, everyone learns at different speeds and has different strengths. Try to focus on the main movements before 'perfecting it' with correct shoulder placement, keeping wider stances.|
> Yup, it was saju jirugi. As I said - I simply got totally lost while doing it It looks like I'll have to try practicing it at home.
> One of my problems seems to be that I'm really poor at understanding and copying the movements I'm being shown. I need to practice them slowly to get them correctly. Unfortunately, my trainer likes working fast, so I can't keep up with all the various things he makes.
Most trainers like to do this to reinforce the muscle memory, improve reflexes and put you under pressure! Doesn't help if you need practice, but sometimes helps, as you don''t have time to think! Does that make sense?
| > > The fitter you are, the less drained you will be, keeping you more alert throughout the lesson. So I would work on fitness.|
> If you mind me asking - do you know any basic stretching exercises I could do at home or as a warm-up before the class? I could use them, because at the moment I'm really... unstretchable
> Also - how could I work on my basic fitness at home?
My flexibility is probably my worst aspect. Try putting a leg up on your ironing board or similar height and jeep it there for 30 seconds, then lean into it. Or keep 'spreading your legs' (I'm sure Debs could help you here!j/k) and get your stance wider. The best thing is to relax when you kick as your legs are more flexible.
Try running (even if it's a mile) and improve speed and times. You will find flexibility training easier if you do straight after a run.
| > > If it's not a challenge, ther's no point in doing it! You have to work on your strengths and weaknesses. It WILL come together.|
> I figured as much, but thanks for motivating me I admit that I felt a little down recently.
> I have a question regarding the 'hurting someone / getting hurt' anxiety I mentioned. Did you experience anything like that? Is it a natural thing to have, or does it mean I'm not cut for martial arts?
> I didn't realize I'd have this problem before I started training. Then, one day our trainer (who is both taekwondo-trainer and judo-trainer) started to teach us some judo throws. It was fun But I also had this fear that I could break something while falling... or break *someone* while throwing him or her. And since then, I kind of wondering whether I'd manage to take part in a sparring... I don't know, is that normal?
At the end of the day, it is an active sport, like Rugby or Football. People can get hurt. I've punched people in the face and had the same done to me (all accidently). I haven't known anyone break a bone or anything. But you do have to expect to get clipped every now and again.
I hope the above has been some kind of help.