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.



Tricia J. O'Brien said...

Ha! That's wonderful, Yat-Yee. Yes, I think even writing skills get flabby when abandoned for long. That's why I have enjoyed several writing prompts from different blogs--gets the juices flowing.

Corey Schwartz said...

Oh, great analogy! That's the best thin about blogging. Keeps me in shape :)

MeganRebekah said...

Love the analogy! It's so true.

tanita davis said...

Oh, NO! Does that mean you don't pass on to your next belt level? I'm already a little scared of the LOOK he gave you when he left the cafe the other morning!!

Yat-Yee said...

Hey, glad you guys liked the TKD analogy. I have another post that is TKD related coming up soon.

Tanita: his Look is not scary to me, I can probably out death-stare him! (But don't tell him that!) I've worked it out with him so that I can still test for my next belt, which means practicing that darn round kick/side kick a thousand times. Why can't I have the balance and the muscles already?

MG Higgins said...

Ooh, reminds me of my karate days. So exhausting but satisfying. And I think you're analogy is right on! Have to keep those writing muscles working.