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Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , on 12/09/2011 by arabrhizome

So it seems that my Brazilian Jujitsu class last week caused me some sort of injury, or at least a contracted muscle. My right thigh muscle is just too tight for me to be able to do anything too exerting. I went to kickboxing today but couldn’t keep up with the class as my kicking, with the right leg, was very painful. I’m going to keep stretching and rubbing my muscle, not in that way you pervs, and try again on Wednesday. I was able to do the warm up which is good in and of itself. I was able to work on my fitness and that’s something. Anyway, I’ve got to go now and do some things. Hope you’re all safe. Love you bye.


Brazilian Jujitsu

Posted in Me, Uncategorized with tags , , on 08/09/2011 by arabrhizome

So today was my first day of Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ). It was incredible. I never thought it would be this great, but it is and then more. I loved it so much. It’s so different from kickboxing. It’s all about using your opponent’s weight and momentum against them. It’s also all about fighting from the ground. From being on your back you actually can have the upper hand. Which is a weird concept but that’s what BJJ is all about. I’m going to take it once a week and take kickboxing twice a week for now. I will see how that goes, and maybe soon I’ll start taking more classes. We’ll see how it’s going to go for now. Anyway, I need to work a bit and then go to sleep. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.


Posted in Me, Uncategorized with tags , , on 07/09/2011 by arabrhizome

I am exhausted. I did two kickboxing classes today and the instructor was really happy with me. I was able to do a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t just a week ago. It’s crazy to think that all it took was me doing a couple of weeks of training and I’m already much more fit. I can’t help thinking that my switching to veganism has something to do with it. I’m going to start brazilian jujitsu (BJJ) tomorrow. I’m looking forward to it, it looks like very good fun. The whole point is to fight from the ground. So with BJJ and kickboxing I think I will be able to fight from any position. I do want to do Muay Thai though. They don’t offer it at this gym, they do at another but I didn’t like it because they also teach krav maga the martial art used by israelis to beat up unarmed Palestinians. I just wouldn’t feel comfortable being in a space where this is taught, especially that the instructor seems to be an ex IDF soldier.I’m much happier where I am. Anyway, I think it’s sleepy time. Stay safe everyone. Love you  bye.

Very Happy

Posted in about the blog, Me, Palestine, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on 01/09/2011 by arabrhizome

I’m very happy. I went to my third kickboxing class today and was able to do everything. It was a very intense class but I was able to deal with it. I have never sweated like I sweated today. But it was good. I felt very happy afterwards and got home to some excellent news. There was a BBC Proms concert at the Royal Albert Hall by the israeli Philharmonic Orchestra that was also being broadcast live on BBC3. Well some very brave BDS activists disrupted the concert and forced it to be pulled off the air. This is brilliant news. It shows how strong the peaceful Pro-Palestine movement has become. Now the BBC cannot ignore the BDS movement and they cannot keep censoring Palestine. All in all a good day. I will try to write more later but right now I need to do a few things and then go to bed. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Kickboxing 2

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 31/08/2011 by arabrhizome

So I had my second class of kickboxing today. It was a lot better. I was able to do so much more than yesterday. I actually was able to finish the warm up and then do the proper training without any breaks. But I have to admit that it was very very hard. It’s one of the toughest work outs I’ve ever had. It was great. Today we did a more technical workout with the teacher looking at our techniques and fixing it for us. I was going to do another class right after but decided not to push myself too much. I then went to the Alley Cafe which is the Vegan/Vegetarian Cafe here. I had a lovely vegan breakfast. I then had a beer and made my way back home. I’m now getting ready to go take a bath because my muscles are starting to hurt. Hope everyone reading this is okay. Stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

Kick Boxing

Posted in about the blog, Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , on 30/08/2011 by arabrhizome

So I had my first kickboxing class today. I was so excited about it. I got there a bit early and watched the earlier class which is some kind of body toning class. It looked really hard and I don’t think I’ll be able to do that for a while still. This was proven correct after the warm up for my class. It was so intense that I had to sit and breath really hard and try not vomit. I got to do some punching and kicking which was great. I really like the gym and the class. I also really like my instructor who is a young lady and really knows her stuff. Plus she was very nice and understanding of my hard time. Anyway, I got back and will be taking a bath and then going to sleep. So anyway, I will hopefully go there again tomorrow for another kickboxing class as well as a kind of basics class. So until then stay safe everyone. Love you bye.

New Year’s Resolutions

Posted in Me, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on 02/01/2011 by arabrhizome

Well 2011 just started. I’m getting ready for this year to be better than the last. Last year involved some very significant lack of productivity from me. I’m hoping to change that this year. 2010 also involved some major tectonic changes in my life. I need to use this year to get over those changes and get back on my feet. I am a PhD student, and thus I must write my thesis. I think that this is going to be my major activity this year. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish and defend it in early 2012. That’s the plan at least. Anyway, I’m going to talk more about this shortly. Let’s start with some minor resolutions.

My first resolution for the coming year is to pick up my guitar again. I have been feeling like playing for a while, and yet haven’t really done anything about it. Well this is about to change. I will change my strings and start playing everyday again. My plan is to learn 3-4 songs a week and work on my rhythm and on my lead skills. By January of next year I want to be able to play solid rhythm and be able to improvise a solid solo on any rock rhythm I encounter.

Staying with music, my other resolution is to work on my voice. I need to figure out how to sing. As some of you know, I can’t hold a tune to save my life. The thing is though, I can tell that I’m singing out of tune, I just don’t know how to fix it. As I wrote on this blog before, I bought a singing for dummies book a while back. I need to get stuck in there and try to learn some breathing exercises and some vocal routines. I know I can figure this out. My ear isn’t pitch perfect, but I can tell when something is out of tune. I just need to learn how to tell my voice to follow a given tune. By the end of the year, I want to be able to hold a tune. Nothing fancy, I don’t see myself being able to sing an Alice in Chains number, but hopefully something less demanding, like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Live, and Metallica.

My third resolution, involves me trying harder to get an open spot somewhere to do stand up. I have written about my desire to try my hand at stand up for a while now. I have spoken about it as well. I have been looking for open spots here n Nottingham but haven’t really found anything. I will double my efforts and try to get something set up. I want to have done at least one or two open spots by the end of the year. My aim is to do about 10 before deciding if I try to be a bit more serious about it and try to have a semi-professional go at it.

The fourth resolution is nothing spectacular. In fact, I’m sure I share it with half the world. I need to lose weight and be more fit. In order to do that, I need to watch what I eat very seriously, and I need to start going to the gym regularly. I had good excuses for not going this past term, but from now on my excuses are gone. I need to take control of my body and get it to look like I want it to look. I am 30 and I can still build up a proper routine that would mean that by the time I’m 40, I\ll be in good shape. I want to be maintaining my fitness when I’m 40, rather than trying to get fit.

My final, and most important resolution, is to be more productive. As I said at the start, last year was the least productive year I’ve had in a very long time. I literally did nothing for at least half of it, and the rest of the time I spent feeling sorry for myself and producing very little. This has got to change. I am in my third year and am not even close to finishing my thesis. Now, all hope isn’t gone, but I need to make sure to pick myself up and get some work done. I can still finish by September, but in order to that, I need to work on a daily basis. I know I can do this, I just need to do it now.

Well, these are my 5 major resolutions for the year. They are accompanied by tiny ones as well, like working on my social skills a bit and stuff like that, but nothing specific enough to warrant a resolution tag. I hope that on January 1st of next year, I can look back at this post and see that I have done all five of these resolutions. I also hope you are all able to achieve all of your resolutions. This is the beginning of a new year and thus is full of promise. Let’s not fuck it up like we did the past years. Come on people pull your fingers out.