I just spoke to Master Ilona about the red belt seminar - I want to get it done before Purim.
I'm nervous. There are still things I just can't do, or do poorly, and I'm still making up for those months I did nothing.
On the other hand, I can feel my muscles coming back. My abdomen is firmer under the padding, and there are getting to be ropes of muscles in my thighs, even when my legs are relaxed. I could feel all of that going away when I stopped. I'm not looking to be thin, just to have that sixpack under the fat. And I'm splitting on my heels again, even if my ankle aches slightly afterwards.
One rather amusing point during my class on Sunday - the other student is a seventeen year old boy, Instructor Daniel. We were doing free one-step fighting (attacker signals, "victim" responds, attacker steps forward with a punch, victim responds however he pleases on his level or the level of the lower belt.) And Daniel was connecting, which he shouldn't have done, and doing so with reasonable but not extensive force. Master Eli stopped him and told him to treat me with respect because I'm "twice his age" and bruise easily and don't heal as fast. Basically, to pull his punches. Later, he showed Daniel how to do that with precision. Daniel, btw, did very well at that.
As I said, I was amused. First, yes, I do bruise easily, but it's because I have nearly transparent skin. I not only bruise easily, I bruise spectacularly. And I usually don't even notice I've done something until I bruise. But these heal at a reasonable rate and this hasn't changed.
Second - I'm actually about 2.5 times Daniel's age. So I was also flattered.
Now I need to get more control in my own techniques.