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June 27, 2005

Karate is going well ;)

So the academy I train at (EastWest karate in Leicester) has an unusual grading system; you basically grade every 2 months up to your brown belt, and then spend (I think) another year or so going from brown to black.

Works quite well because you get a sense of achievement very early on.

They also offer different programmes, including a "Certified Instructor Training" which develops you as an instructor. They do not believe that being a black belt + above qualifies you to instruct, rather instructing has it's own set of skills, and needs to be learnt alongside the "technical" aspects, which I am also on.

Anyways, the other day (Wednesday) the senior instructor singled me and another guy who I train with out and invited us onto the advanced grading cycle where you grade every month instead of every two! Yeah!

He did state that I would be expected to keep up my committment of 4 days (1 or 2 hour) training sessions a week. Fine I said, then I became ill (heat stroke) and missed Thursday and Saturday sessions :(

Wouldn't be so bad but I have to grade tonight and haven't done any preperation :( Got to pull something out of the bag as I have to justify my invitation on to the advanced grading programme.


Ladder 49; excellent film

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Also saw Ladder49 over the weekend.

Brilliant. Pretty much got everything; action, love (ah :)), tension etc.

Everyone should watch it, I love action movies and thought it was brilliant; my wife loves sloppy movies, and she loved it as well :)

Kung–fu histle: hmmmmm

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Went to see Kung-fu Hustle at the weekend with my (martial arts are so boring) wife :)

Didn't quite know what to make of it. I was expecting it to be a huge wind up of old martial arts films, but it wasn't. Not sure what it was really :) There were certainly some rib tickling moments, but then there was also some really gory, serious moments.

One thing is for sure; people will either love it or hate it. Probably the most unusual movie I have seen for a while.

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