1 year ago, April 2016 I got punched in the forehead and had to receive 6 stitches May be GRAPHIC for some. I am Here
May 2015 after my Nationals in Montreal, I injured my right foot, Internal Contusions, and had to go on short term disability I had to Miss work, Karate, could not drive, stuck at home, and I am Here.
September 2014 I injured my right shoulder and had to wear a sling for 8 weeks, even during my Japan trip to support My brothers and sisters on Team Canada at the JKA World Championship – Funakoshi Cup!
Last week, I received my hips X-Ray results, and I discovered that I have osteoarthritis on my right hip. A degenerative joint disease, or a “wear and tear” of my right hip joint.
As per my GP’s findings, it is part of his job to recommend that I stop my Karate.
This made me wonder and get into a state of self doubt about Why I dedicate 6-8 hours a week (teaching and training) on top of work and school dedicated to this art! I recognize all the injuries I have sustained over the last 3 years, (and more through life) due to Karate, has caused my inner critic and self doubt to make noise.
I silence these thoughts with my Ki’Ai!!!
My Love and Passion for Karate-do is greater than anything that can try to lessen my spirit or cause resistance to my betterment and growth!
All these injuries would and rightly so, make some people think twice about continuing. Just Take my losses and move on.
But I am a stubborn pupil, seeking meaning and continual growth
I do acknowledge these injuries and “setbacks” not as losses, but as Learns. What is the real meaning these injuries are telling me?
Not to stop completely, but rather Learn to take care of myself better, and train correctly. Recovery and healing is a major part of Training!
If this is my passion and truly something I Love, then I must do all within my power to make sure I can continue doing this safely with an abundance of energy and good health! So that I can keep training up until my deathbed.
My struggles are meant to refine and improve me not define who I Am!!!
May 7, 2017 is the next Canadian Nationals.
Whatever the results of the competition, I want to celebrate my successes for continuing to improve myself and learning to take care of my body in spite of all the previous injuries, to make sure I proactively deter any new major injuries to happen, within my control.
How will I do this?
Continue to listen to my body when there is pain, address and treat it with care.
Battling my inner critic and judge when I start to feel doubt and unworthiness.
This is my Passion and Love. Karate is a part of my life permanently!
Weapon of choice: Sochin