day 2504 – after class fronts

this week covers one of the move i really want – cart front. i was tired from the heavy squats earlier in the morning, but i really wanted to keep practicing after class. the coach came up to watch, but was displeased with what he saw and how i was drilling it. i felt bad because i let him down; he had every right to be angryhe grilled me until i could do it with the proper technique he wanted and sometimes being pushed hard is what makes me dig deeper. i really do appreciate that he spent time after hours helping me out with a move i really wanted. he’s also the one that doesn’t give a crap about my self confidence. i know i can handle it, but it’s also demoralizing

day 2487 – lights out

wrapped up a long training session that was just shy of four hours. it was a gratifying session where most things i practiced felt pretty good and i broke past some small barriers. started off with some basic front tuck drills and loading my cartwheel. eventually was allowed to take it blue mat and had better take offs and higher landings. my back tucks felt strong leaving the ground and landing higher. my back handspring is at a point where i can do two warm-ups and take it to floor. definitely felt more comfortable connecting my cartwheel back handspring and need not to cover up the edge. the one thing i wasn’t too happy with was my webster because it still feels so broken

day 2466 – elevate it

i was told to keep my ankle moving, but elevate it whenever possible, so naturally thought of doing some handstands. i was also bored out of my mind during the day time finding things to do and shows to watch. it also bothered me so much contemplating if i could still train tonight. at training, i was sad because it occurred to me that i had absolutely no plans for my birthday tomorrow. i guess everyone forgot about my special day

day 2456 – connecting handspring

got my first attempts at connecting the cartwheel and back handspring out of the way. with some assistance, we tried and tested different setups using the air track, panel mats and blue mat. my head hit the mats a number of times, but at least i know i can get over and it’s not that scary. the main takeaway from these attempts is relying on the push off. practicing for a stronger cartwheel will make the second half easier. i know this is totally achievable

day 2438 – aerial breakthrough

sunday night private gym training was a strong and productive one. as usual, we started off with paddle kicking and footwork. then we developed a routine where we each took turns drilling the same one kick and one flip for five rounds before moving onto the next move. we did a couple sets of those before spending the last bit working through some of our freestyle form. i felt like my tricking aerial just came altogether today, my backside 9 also started coming back and i was able to combo those two together. i’m happy i started working on rapid 9’s which hopefully is soon to be cheat 9’s. i definitely deserved that alley bubble tea at the end

day 2435 – handstand practice

keeping a steady weekly routine of four workouts, three sprints and three tricking sessions. i’ve really enjoyed training with the crew – they’ve kept me motivated and accountable and i hope i do the same for them. from this, i’ve noticed constant improvements whether it’s my basic kicks, tricking, combos or tumbling. another night training with the private gym squad. i will continue to drill everything i’ve ever wanted and come out of this quarantine with newfound strength and skills

day 2433 – home project

it’s been over a week since i last touched sketchup so thought it would good to take on a new personal project. not only will it satisfy my simulation craving, it’ll also allow me to keep up with my sketchup skills while passing time. after modeling my house, i would like to remodel it to make belief that i could renovate it the way i like it to be. if this turns out well, it could also be portfolio worthy

day 2430 – sticky bug

was so bored stuck at home i literally ran up the wall. i decided to put some time into two of my weaknesses – handstand and bridge. i did a few sticky bugs to get a sense of upside down positioning. then did some bridging and increased it from a ten second hold to a twenty second hold. i also spent some time stretching because i need to get back into practicing my poomsae kicking. i’d like to add these to my quarantine routine

day 2428 – choreographing

everyday since being in quarantine, one of the things i look forward to is going into the gym to train. it’s good that we’re putting some initial choreography thoughts into action. i do, however, worry that my basics isn’t sound, my skill-set is limited, my technique is inconsistent and i’m not enough to match my partner. the last thing i want to do is disappoint my partner and coach. the only thing i can really promise and control is to work hard at solidifying what i need to hold my own

day 2417 – webster night

stayed for open gym after the killarney session. in the final half hour of open gym, i worked a lot on my failing websters. i received tips and pointers and eventually found something that seemed to work for me. i did a bunch at the end to make sure i wouldn’t forget the tips and tweaks that made it work for me. it seems to be heading in the right direction and i’m told it’s close with the better landings on blue mat. i wonder when it’d be time to land one on floor, i don’t have much more patience left working on this