Being Sick Sucks


I have been forced out of the gym and out of the dojo for reasons beyond my control. Well I….suppose dressing warmer and not smoking….you know what? Screw you, common damn sense! I’m hopped up on cough syrup and I’ll say whatever the hell I want!

So I haven’t been to the gym since Friday. Haven’t been to the dojo since Thursday. Dojo is my doing. As much as I love Karate and I love Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, I couldn’t stand to go there and not be able to give 100%. On top of that, the martial arts are steeped very heavily in respect. I have the respect for my school, my Instructors and my fellow students to not show up and spread this bullshit around.

Gym…well, as Cait suggested, having a coughing fit when you’ve got a heavily weighted barbell above your face….not such a good plan.

I was scheduled to have my yearly physical on Monday, which turned into “We’re not completing the physical until you’re better. Oh but take this down to the lab. We can still take blood from you.” Sweet? So a bottle of piss, 5 vials of blood and some antibiotics later I’m on my way home. What do we know for sure? Acute Bronchitis. Yes, you assholes, also known as the common cold but Acute Bronchitis sounds more…you’re gonna die-ish. And with the frequent and often violent coughing? It feels like Satan himself deep throated me with a bayonet covered in friggin’ barbed wire. Haven’t slept much in the past week because every time I try to get more than a couple hours shut eye, I’m jerked back awake by the often quite painful cough. It sucks.

I’ve made it a theme before, and I’ll do it again. If your body needs rest? GIVE IT the rest it needs. Don’t go all stupid and try to lift weights when you can’t, or try to focus on kata when you can’t…have some respect for yourself and your body. Heal up.

Just as important as that? Have some respect for your training partners. I wouldn’t wish this upon any of the students I train with, both Karate and BJJ. It sucks, interrupts training and hurts from time to time. Don’t actively try and get people sick.

On the plus side? I had on Friday made the conscious decision to quit smoking (again, yes…) and having this? Has definitely helped. I can’t bare to screw up my throat some more. In fact, smoking likely caused this. Haven’t had a butt since Friday afternoon. I’ve had a few cravings, but then I coughed and lost them. Real fast.




2016.11.07 Quote of the Day

Coming at ya with a little more homegrown knowledge and wisdom!

“Karate is like a plant. If you ignore it, it does not grow. If you give it an excess of water once a week, it will not grow. Love and Karate, you must water every day. You must give it the little things. The big things are important but without daily care, it will not grow. It will die.”

– Doug

I liken Karate to love. The big things every once in a while are nice, but it requires daily attention. It is through the little things that they both flourish.

I tell Cait I love her every day. I try to go out of my way to show her how much I care each day. And it doesn’t take a whole lot. Ask her how her day was. Tell a joke. Make her smile. Remind her that she is beautiful, and awesome, and thought of, and loved. She does the same to me. It doesn’t mean something over the top extravagant. That’s not what is important. What’s important is the cuddling. Holding her hand. Looking into her eyes, the window of the soul, and showing her just how much better she makes my life.

The same approach I take with Karate. My kicks improve because I practice them every day. The kata become second nature because I practice them every day. My Bo staff skills improve because I practice them every day. My conditioning improves because I work out and train every day. It is not enough to go to the dojo once or twice a week.

Karate, as is with love, is a lifelong commitment to the little things. To not giving up and to working on it every single day of your life.

Now get the hell out there and train. And tell someone that you love them!



Oishi!! November 1, 2016

I like spice.
No, I should change that.

I love spice.

So I decided to add a little of the random spices I have in my kitchen to my chicken tonight. Below is what I threw in.

Doug’s Sorta KAPOW!! Chicken

1 chicken breast
Montreal seasoning
Cayenne pepper

Warm up your heating source. I like to use the single greatest invention of our time.

The George Foreman Grill, suckas!!!

Next, go ahead and add your spices.


Since I am not Gordon Ramsey, it looks a little like this:

It is more important to judge by the inside, afterall!

Cook up some veggies, put er elegantly on a plate:

Not a big helping as I ain’t all that hungry. Also pictured is a glass of Phytoberry multivitamin and a ridiculously good book, The Last Colony by John Scalzi. I highly recommend the series, called Old Man’s War. 

And then eat!

So y’all got a two for one today. Spicy chicken and a book recommendation. Oh lucky you 😉