When some people do it, it looks like a split in mid air. Mine looked like that for a brief period, back when I was a purple sash, back before I had operations four and five on the knees. I have the video to prove it.
For others, the split never has the chance to form because the right leg is already on its way back down to the floor as the left is rising. The latter technique is what I call the easy way to do a kicking combination. The problem is that after sporadic practice in the family room of my house tonight, even the easy way was still not easy for me.
I pulled the hamstring on my left leg in the last month of black sash testing a year ago. It slowed down what had otherwise become a much faster kicking combination than I’d thought I was capable of. Months later, I came down hard on the right knee when coming out of the combo, and I’ve been struggling to make it look respectable – when I’m able to execute it at all – ever since. It’s the first order of business when I get a pain-relieving shot: can I get my kicking combo back? And since I suspect I may be given little else to practice later this morning, because of my run-in with Sifu over self-teaching, it’ll be my priority Saturday as well.
As I write, I wonder how many readers have any real idea of what I’m talking about. I try not to get too bogged down in terminology that means nothing to most who are kind enough to regularly follow this obsession of mine, but there are some days when the a specific technique is all consuming and therefore what I find myself writing about in detail. Thus, my lunchtime one-liner posting Friday. If I’d been able to get away with it without someone calling for a straightjacket, I would’ve done kicking combinations in one of the office conference rooms on my lunch break and bypassed the salad.
In any event, I appreciate all of you who put up with the jargon and tunnel vision and keep checking in on what I’m up to. Friday marked two months that I’ve been documenting this madness in the blogosphere, and I appreciate all who follow and comment, advise and encourage as I trudge on in my middle-aged martial arts love affair.