Wednesday, August 12, 2009
I've had to miss two weeks' worth of Tae Kwon Do classes recently. My instructor was understanding enough to let me take time off but when I returned to class on Monday, he pulled me aside and said, "Let's see it."
Gulp. I remembered all the steps of the form, even most of the details of how I should execute the steps, but I knew I would have trouble with a two-kick combination. (Hmm, should I segue into a discussion of how if we think we can't do it, we won't; but even if we think we can do it, we still may not...? Nah. another time.)
So, yes, I wobbled. Before I took the two weeks off, I had been practicing regularly and got to a point where I felt reasonably comfortable with the kicks. But muscle-memory is something that isn't always reliable. (Another segue perhaps, to talk about my piano playing fiasco due to over-dependence on muscle-memory? Stay. On. Topic.)
Writing muscles are probably not that different from physical muscles. They need constant workouts, not bouts of manic activities interspersed with periods of hibernation.
Come to think of it, most things in life are like that.