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I survived my third promotion at kung fu!

It's late, I'm exhausted, and it's been a crazy long day, but I survived! And I did get promoted - from red with a yellow stripe to pure yellow. So I'm happy.

This was actually the shortest promotion I've participated in. Shifu was serious about getting it done in less than four hours, I guess. We were even done eating dinner afterward by nine! The whole process was pretty streamlined, I think. I (and the students more senior than me) didn't end up having to do hardly any basic skills. I guess Shifu figured since we already have done them in at least two promotions, no need to do them in a third and waste a lot of time? I don't know. But it felt like I did surprisingly little... just Fu Fu Quan, Sze Sze Quan suang ta, some Wu Hang, and Tai Su Dan Dao. There were two other forms that I know that I didn't end up doing, and several more Wu Hang. I'm guessing those just got left off because it wouldn't have bumped me up to another level.

Dan Dao was kind of challenging. I did it with five other people. And all of them but me were used to doing the form in performance, so they were OH MY GOD SUPER FAST. But I'd already resolved that I was going to do forms as fast as I was going to do them so that I knew I was executing all of my techniques properly, and I wasn't going to let the little speed monsters psych me out and make me rush. But it was a little rough in the middle - the row in front of me was so far ahead that I kind of ran out of floor space, but I think I dealt with it gracefully.

So yay, shiny new sash! And I'm also super excited because Michelle got promoted up to blue, which means we finally have a Big Sister again! WOOO!

And scary thing... if I'm remembering correctly, the only person more senior than me at yellow sash is moving to Virginia tomorrow with her husband due to work stuff. Which is very, very sad and I hope that they manage to transfer back to Colorado soon. (I think they'll be trying, since their families all live in Colorado.) But this also means that I'll be constantly calling the bow to the Big Brothers and Big Sister. So I'd better get good at it, I guess.

Super tired, but I'm still definitely going to class tomorrow. This last week was all messed up because of Rendezvous, and I want to get back into my routine. I feel like my fitness level took a hit in just a week (though the awful stomach problems I've been having probably didn't help) so I want to get back on top of my game.


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Oct. 10th, 2011 08:50 pm (UTC)
Congratz. I'm glad your legs are letting you get back into what you love
Oct. 11th, 2011 10:52 am (UTC)
Yeah, me too! I just have to keep up with all the physical therapy exercises and stretches, since that's what made the difference. It's frustrating to know that I'll never be able to stop doing it, but it's worth it.
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