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It has been several months since I have posted anything to the blog.Â I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of setting goals and following through with them.
I set a goal in 2010 of landing a double cork.Â I had my single cork down really well and was able to do boxcutters, double fulls out of a cartwheel and double fulls out of a round-off.Â It was time to push my abilities and apply my double twists to my corkscrew.Â My very first weekend I attempted double cork I landed 3 but they were terrible and were probably cheated in some way.Â I didn’t film them since I didn’t expect to land them at all.Â Unfortunately After that initial weekend I was no longer able to land them anymore.Â I added them to my list of tricks to practice and I kept trying to improve them each and every time.Â Pretty soon I was able to land them fully rotated and then fully rotated and on my feet.Â By late 2010 I had landed it but not without briefly putting one hand down.
It would have been easy to stop there or back off but I didn’t.Â In December of 2010 I technically landed my first double cork but again my hand only barely missed touching the floor and it was off balance.Â I wanted to land it completely solid and I really wanted to land it with others at a large gathering.
In January 2011 I had a setback due to a fractured foot.Â I didn’t know it was fractured at first but knew something was wrong with it. After getting my walking boot off I just taped it up and continued to compete and trick but I was not able to really practice my double cork until a couple months later.
Finally at Loopkicks Camp 2011 it all came together and I landed what I considered a clean double cork.Â The feeling after months and months of practice is indescribable!!Â The icing on the cake was doing it in front of my friends and some of the most respected trickers in the world. (Check out the Video Here)
Sometimes when a goal takes a long time to accomplish it is difficult to see the daily progress.Â We have to break our goals down into smaller goals and take each step as a victory on our way to our ultimate goal.Â This is not an easy thing to always do but sometimes it is the only way.Â Keep dreaming and pushing your abilities and setting your goals and whatever you do… “NEVER GIVE UP!”
Hyper Pro Mackensi Emory made history this weekend at the 2011 Loopkicks Camp. She is the first female tricker to land a Double Corkscrew.
Check out the video of her Spin Hook, T. Raiz, Â Double Cork combo.
Filmed by Isiah Flores
I just got back from the US OPEN in Orlando, Florida. I had a great time with all of my friends from my Martial Arts school and from the NASKA circuit.
It was exciting! My Instructor Mike Welch and I made it on stage in the Finals for Team Sync Weapons Forms. Afterwards a lot of people were asking me why I wore an Infinity Marital Arts uniform instead of my regular Team AKA Uniform. I train here in Wisconsin with my Mike Welch who owns Infinity Martial Arts so YES I am definitely still on Team AKA and wear that uniform to represent them when I compete Individually!
Overall I did okay this past weekend in competition, but not as well as I hoped. I’ve been really focused on my school over the last few months as well as my dance team which have been taken up much of my regular marital arts time. I did make it onto ESPN though, which Iâ€™m ecstatic about!
I have so many summer plans and I love being busy!Â I have Capitol Classics in DC coming up in a few weeks and am training hard for it! I’m making sure I can nail all of my tricks and combos.Â My big thing that Iâ€™m doing now is strengthening my ankles, which have been giving me trouble and I am trying to prevent having to get surgery on them.
Besides my Martial Arts Training I also have my school dance team practice all summer, which I love to go to! My team is coach-less right now, so we are trying to keep our team together while we find a new one. I’ve been living by our team motto lately Â ***Itâ€™s not how high you fly, but itâ€™s now high you bounce when you fall!*** Which is good to remember for anyone and any sport.
Here are some of my Top Summer Training Tips!
1. When ever you can, train outside and get some fresh air!
2. Drink LOTS AND LOTS of water!!!
3. Great time to condition and run outside and get in shape for karate, and other sports that come in the fall for school.
4. Use your resources that are outside.Â If you are at a park, use monkey bars for pull ups, and hang there and do leg lifts, ect. Also, go run in town where you live. (run in groups though, its safer and more fun that way!)
5. Don’t forget to stretch before and after every workout!
Have a great summer!
It was great seeing everyone last weekend in Florida at the US Open ISKA World Championships.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by the Hyper Booth and hung out. We enjoyed connecting with many old friends and seeing a bunch of new up and coming Martial Artists who are making their mark on the competition circuit. Hats off to all of you for your hard work and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!
Photos are up on the Hyper Facebook Fan page
The weekend ended with a bang with the finals being broadcast live on ESPN3. If you missed it make sure to catch the re-broadcast on ESPN3.com
As always you can check out some great videos from Ken Warner & ZenInc on their Youtube Channel including this one from Hyper Pro Matt Emig during the overall forms grands.