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smartgirlsattheparty:

conflictingheart:

Kayden’s first time experiencing rain (x)

Happy Saturday, Smart Girls!

Happy happy joy joy!

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scifiction:

Checkout this amazing short film!!

Wow!

Can Painful Feet End a Martial Arts Career?

I developed plantar fasciitis a short time ago: the plantar fascia runs along the bottom of the foot, connecting the heel bone to the toes, and overuse, aging, and/or inflammation in this area can cause severe pain in the foot. As a martial artist, I felt devastated. I could no longer walk barefoot, even in my own house on carpet. I couldn’t jump or run. Walking was excruciatingly painful. How would I ever be able to keep up my practice and my workouts?

Luckily, I had friends and family who had also experienced it. The first advice was to get some good martial arts shoes. I resisted: our style never uses shoes, and I didn’t want to look… well, dumb. Lazy. Soft! But he had a point. All the martial arts shoes I looked for online, since none were available within driving distance, were men’s shoes. Reading the reviews, I saw complaints that it was difficult to pivot in the shoes. That was unacceptable. If you can’t pivot, you can destroy your knees. I ended up buying Jazz shoes. They were designed for dance, shaped for a woman’s foot, and they were a good temporary solution, giving me solid arch support and allowing me to work out on concrete floors.

On my way to my first tournament where I would wear shoes, I felt extremely nervous about how the other advanced blackbelts and Grandmaster Kim would respond. I didn’t know if I would be ordered to take them off (they would not be allowed during sparring, of course). As it turned out, nearly all of the other martial artists around my age had suffered plantar fasciitis, and they were envious of my shoes.

More advice from experts: Stretching the calves was key for me, especially before walking around first thing in the morning. I stretched my calves repeatedly throughout the day. I was also shown how to roll a golf ball under my foot, working it under the ball, the knife edge, the heel, and up and down the arch. The pain made me cry at first. I couldn’t believe how agonizing it was. But I saw results immediately. Other recommended exercises were walking on my toes, jumping on a trampoline, and sitting on my heels with “live toes”: And ice was helpful. Always use ice before heat, not heat before ice.

The point is, it can take one to two years— yes, years— to recover from plantar fasciitis, so “rest” as a treatment doesn’t mean lying around with your feet propped up. Spend two years like that, and you’ll have a lot more health problems than sore feet! “Rest” means alternate exercises if you can’t jump, or using arch support to relieve wear and tear. “Rest” means giving up those cheap flip flops and tennis shoes.

If you love being active, it’s important to remember that if you are careful and willing to work at recovery, your feet will improve. I’m still doing all of my exercises, and rolling that golf ball under my feet (it doesn’t hurt anymore), but I am back to being able to jump and play and workout without shoes and even going barefoot for short periods on concrete. I’m just more careful now. For more information, try Mayo Clinic or WebMD online.


Reblogged from sarahkurosawa
youknowyoudotkdwhen:

malditafeminista:

sarahkurosawa:

Keiko Fukuda Shihan passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was the last surviving student of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, and the highest ranking female judoka in history. She was promoted to 10th dan (degree) black belt just last year, a rank that at the time was held only by 3 other people, all men living in Japan. Fukuda Shihan left her homeland and refused marriage to achieve her dreams of training in judo, constantly battling gender discrimination which kept her from being promoted as quickly as men less skilled than her. “As far as I know, no one has lived their life completely for judo as I have”.

bad ass woman <3

(I know this is relating to Judo, not Taekwondo)
This woman is an inspiration to all of female martial artists out there. 

youknowyoudotkdwhen:

malditafeminista:

sarahkurosawa:

Keiko Fukuda Shihan passed away yesterday at the age of 99. She was the last surviving student of the founder of judo, Jigoro Kano, and the highest ranking female judoka in history. She was promoted to 10th dan (degree) black belt just last year, a rank that at the time was held only by 3 other people, all men living in Japan. Fukuda Shihan left her homeland and refused marriage to achieve her dreams of training in judo, constantly battling gender discrimination which kept her from being promoted as quickly as men less skilled than her. “As far as I know, no one has lived their life completely for judo as I have”.

bad ass woman <3

(I know this is relating to Judo, not Taekwondo)

This woman is an inspiration to all of female martial artists out there. 

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(Source: opset-2, via thundertijo)

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colourthysoul:

John Everett Millais - Joan of Arc (1865)

colourthysoul:

John Everett Millais - Joan of Arc (1865)

(via centuriespast)

Reblogged from collegehumor
bestnatesmithever:

LIFE!

Sometimes one&#8217;s ability doesn&#8217;t match one&#8217;s ambition&#8212; but keep trying! One day, maybe you&#8217;ll make it.

bestnatesmithever:

LIFE!

Sometimes one’s ability doesn’t match one’s ambition— but keep trying! One day, maybe you’ll make it.

(Source: reddit.com)

Reblogged from youknowyoudotkdwhen
youknowyoudotkdwhen:

found this a while back. XD

Haha!

youknowyoudotkdwhen:

found this a while back. XD

Haha!

Reblogged from drthvader

Very cool little gif. One man is an actor; the other is a martial artist. Can you tell which is which?

Reblogged from jilikeboo
Can&#8217;t help myself; had to reblog. Yoda is my role model.

Can’t help myself; had to reblog. Yoda is my role model.

From March, 2009 (prior to the accident).

Reblogged from 61below
61below:

I have so many conflicted feels about Ip Man: it’s such a propagandist film, but the cinematography is stunning.

61below:

I have so many conflicted feels about Ip Man: it’s such a propagandist film, but the cinematography is stunning.

Reblogged from ktabi

perv-robot:

Donnie Yen (Ip Man) vs 10 Black Belts