Hello, Dear Readers.
There must be something wrong with me, because I just officially signed up for the green prajioud test. My friend Wayne, who’s in fantastic shape and one of the strongest people I know, said this test was the toughest thing he’s ever done. Only two people from my club have passed it, both men. My kru, Kelly Westerlund, dropped it as a requirement to fight because it was daunting to so many people.
If that isn’t bad enough, let me just say: the test begins with 120 laps in 37 minutes. And it’s a three hour test!
Anyone sane would run screaming from this challenge, and instead I begged Kelly for an opportunity to take it.
Now it’s official–my kru will give me a pre-test on the week of August 5th. If I do well, I’m enrolled in the fall fight camp and my training will continue. If I don’t, I’ll have one more month to prepare.
A lot of the test involves sparring (this isn’t indicated on the link from KWest, but I think of this test as being somewhat akin to being jumped in by a gang. You’re paired with multiple partners who try to beat the hell out of you. At least, that’s my understanding.) It’s been a long time since I’ve sparred seriously, and we don’t do a lot of it at KWest, so halfway through my training program, I’ll be sent to another club to spar on Sundays. I’m apprehensive about getting back into it. I’ve always been nervous about returning to sparring once I’ve been away from it. It takes a while to get comfortable again. (If one ever gets comfortable with being kicked in the head.)
My kru has definitely got my number. Once my training starts in earnest on the week of February 14th, my pre-test will move back two days for every single class I miss. Hah! Instant motivation. He’s a smart guy, that Kelly. And it’s a good thing, because remember that aggressive training program I was supposed to start last week? Um…I made it to one class on Monday and the two on Friday. Period. Obviously, I need a little help here.
So, you tell me, Dear Readers…am I crazy, or is there a method to my madness? Any training tips?