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PAIN

Training martial arts has taught me to deal with pain, we train hard and hard means until it hurts , until you can´t stand anymore.

I miss that! That kind of pain is so rewarding, it means you have tested your body, it means you have harden your body and your mind. Hard training is  improvement  and a part of the journey .

Pain from injury is playing with your mind if you let it win it will destroy your spirit and your life! This is what I feel right now, I am so tired of it , I feel sad and helpless. I have not been pain free since December 26th , my tolerance level is getting lower , I know I can´t let this put me down but right now frankly all I want is go to bed and sleep it off.

I met with my physiotherapist yesterday and she warned me that I would feel more pain today , I have inflamed muscles in the back of my shoulder and in the neck and today everything hurts,  I can almost not stand at work.

I know it is worse today , only to get better later but it is very difficult to deal with and I need to be stronger and get my spirit up .

I know that a positive attitude will speed up the healing process, the mind plays a part in it of course  but it is also OK to let the body handle some of it, doing stupid things won´t help either.

I am listening to my physiotherapist who told me to move as much as possible but not to the point I hurt myself.

I will meet her twice a week  and she said I already did a good job with the rotation exercises I have done by myself before my appointment,  so it is very positive.

For what I feel right now I just have to suck it up and “walk on “ , just like Bruce did when he hurt his back .

Here is some much needed motivation, this is From Bruce Lee.Com:

 

“Walk on.” There’s a story behind this famous quote. In 1969, Bruce severely injured his back during a routine training session because he didn’t warm up properly. He was told he could never practice martial arts again and may never walk normally. Devastated by this news, Bruce became a researcher of his injury, his body and ultimately created his own path to healing. The journey was long and there were many ups and downs. At one point he took one of his business cards and wrote “Walk on” on the back. He put this card where he could see it to remind him every day to move forward with his recovery. No matter what anyone else said, he would always “Walk on.”

 

 

 
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Posted by on 14 January, 2020 in My own training

 

2020 !

Happy New Year 2020

Let 2020 start strong ! well 2019 did not end well,  I was diagnosed with a frozen shoulder*  on christmas day,  this is the least to say a VERY painful state !

I did not do anything special it came just like that all of a sudden.The pain started  in the evening of christmas day and the next  morning it was still there and  it went from bad to worse during the day  so at the end of it I could not move my arm anymore. I could not sit or stand or lay down, I could not sleep and I could not do anything with one arm as it is of course affecting my right arm. The emergency doctor told me the shoulder was inflammed and I got some serious painkillers and anti inflamation medicine for that, which my stomac rejected almost immediately , so I went  back and got new medicine which worked better.

 

Now  14 days went by, I can move my arm and use it to some extend but I cannot train for a while. I was so pleased last year with my training and was looking forward to some more improvements, now this puts a stop to it for an unknown period of time.

I have physiotherapy sessions to improve the movement in my shoulder, it is very important to use it as much as possible to provide the inflamation from coming back.  I am also looking for possible causes  and will change some things about my training at the gym, my position at work and even at home. Good news is that the light is on its way back to Sweden now,  this makes the days longer and the possibility to go out more. Moving is the key,  if I can´t train JKD or lift weights I can do something else, walking is one of them , the arm pendles on the side and makes the shoulder joint rotate and move gently, running is not recommended for me right now.

So 2020 started with a problem but I won´t let that be the theme of this year ! the theme will be  “if you knock me down I will get back up !!!”

Happy New Year to my readers , all the Best for you and your families .

 

*Some facts about frozen shoulder :

Frozen Shoulder is a condition that affects your shoulder joint. It usually involves pain and stiffness that develops gradually, gets worse and then finally goes away. This can take anywhere from a year to 3 years.

The main symptoms of a frozen shoulder are pain and stiffness that make it difficult or impossible to move it.

You’ll typically go through three phases with a frozen shoulder. Each has its own unique symptoms and timeline.

Freezing stage:

  • You develop a pain (sometimes severe) in your shoulder any time you move it.
  • It slowly gets worse over time and may hurt more at night.
  • This can last anywhere from 6 to 9 months.
  • You’re limited in how far you can move your shoulder.

Frozen stage:

  • Your pain might get better but your stiffness gets worse.
  • Moving your shoulder becomes more difficult and it becomes harder to get through daily activities.
  • This stage can last 4-12 months.

Thawing stage:

  • Your range of motion starts to go back to normal.
  • This can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years.

Causes

It’s not clear why some people develop it, but some groups are more at risk. Frozen shoulder happens more often in women than men, and you’re more likely to get it if you’re between the ages of 40 and 60.

 

 
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Posted by on 10 January, 2020 in My own training

 

Better than Myself

Courtesy of Lamar Davis who posted this on his Facebook:

“Fitness is not about being better than someone  else

It is about being better than you used to be”

 

That made me react on a few things

The other day someone asked me why I had makeup on, and if it was  because I wanted to look better than  other women.

I never even thought about this in that way , and NO , while putting makeup on in the morning , I don´t think about other women, all I think about is to do something about my face so I don´t scare myself in the mirror, it is about me and nobody else.

 

I can relate this to what actually  happened  to JKD Sweden and this is the reason why we don´t post anything anymore on social medias.

 

First,  a quite huge argument began some years ago with some of our JKD fellows in the States, Instructors argued among themselves basically on who was better than the other one,  then we were attacked by  their students who verbally trashed our training and thought they were entitled to criticize us and our videos , instructors also  attacked our students verbally and last,  Mikael was stabbed in the back ( figure of speech) by a so called friend instructor.

I am not reviving any old feelings here, I am just saying that comparing ourselves to other people will lead to this behavior,  people want to be better than others instead of focusing on their training and on what we can bring to each other.

 

There will not be any more videos or posts on how we train, JKD Sweden will not show what we do, we are  training all by ourselves and we don´t need to prove anything to anyone.

 

What is important to me is my progression, my journey and my experiences , meeting people who do their thing, better or not it does not matter, when I look at other groups training I am happy they are keeping JKD alive,  I have no opinion on what they do right or wrong.

 

JKD made me better than I used to be a a person and as a student,  I don´t put myself on a piedestal and pretend I earned any status, I certainly don´t but I am happy about my progression and there is a long way ahead, , I accept it.

 

Now I know I will probably get my ass kicked the day I meet the grandmaster in heaven! but I still have some time to improve 🙂

 

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Bruce and Jackie Chan (right) on the set of Enter the Dragon.
 
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Posted by on 19 November, 2019 in My own training

 

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HAPPY NEW YEAR

here we go again , a new year is starting, so Best wishes and Happy new year to my readers 🙂

I only have one wish for this new year : I will do what I can for it to be one of my best training years.

I have been lazy and felt sorry for myself long enough now, after the passing of my mother I have not gotten back to my real life and this needs to stop right there.

So the plan was to set new training routines and stick to them , I know that training is playing a  big part in the way I feel mentally and physically and there is no excuse or short cuts.

Train  = feel better in your body = feel better in your head= feel better about yourself.

I know exactly what is working for me and these past years have just proven that when I don´t train as I should,  I fall down into a black hole and bad things just keep happening.

I feel I need to prove myself I can take myself out of the bad circle and breathe new air .

So let´s make 2019 a good year and all the best to you all 🙂

 

 

 
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Posted by on 7 January, 2019 in My own training

 

78 years old

 

This is the age Bruce Lee would have been today . I can´t help but feel sad every year thinking what great things he would have accomplished by now.

Yesterday there was an article in the paper. It does not stop to amaze me how people come with new theories about his death 45 years after his passing. What the article was about is not worth mentioning,  they did not even have their facts right,  so I won´t talk about it. After 45 years I don´t believe in new so called theories , whether I believe in the official story or not is not to be discussed here, people should believe what they want but what is important here is what he did with his life.

So today is a celebration of the date of birth of Bruce Lee, the greatest martial artist of all times. I had the chance to visit the hospital where he was born and even stand outside the door of the room. This was in 2010 at the Chinese Hospital in San Francisco, and this is during this trip  that I met his family and some of his friends , this was  one of the best experiences of my life.

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RIP Bruce Lee, Ted Wong, Allen Joe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on 27 November, 2018 in My own training

 

JKD SWEDEN ACTIVITY

We have decided to maintain our group as it is and therefore will not take any new student for the time being, our instructor Mikael is not taking any private students or class.

The reason is that we want to focus on our own training and put our energy on our own evolution .

As I wrote before our group is a non profit organization and we simply don´t have the resources to develop a proper training class for new students.

 

 
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Posted by on 18 June, 2018 in My own training

 

Allen Joe

I wanted to write a word for Allen who is in the hopsital right now, we wish him a fast recovery and hope he will get back home to Annie soon.

Allen is almost 95 years old, a life full of greatness and kidness.

We care very much about him and hope he will get well soon.

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Posted by on 8 March, 2018 in My own training