As the title suggests, I was wandering, whats your routine when training alone? What you do and why you do it?
I always struggled to train alone at home, tried to start many times, keep a rhythm going and failed just as many. It was boring, unmotivational and showed no results what so ever.
That is, until this year!
Once I started borderline obsessing about the Gekisai-dai kata (yes yes, I'm still working on that), the constant repetitions, the moments of epiphanies looking for the connections....it's like something clicked!
It's a completely different experience from the dojo grinding!
I can go by all my shortcomings, I can focus on details and passages it would be impractical to go through with a mix group of experienced people. I don't even have to get tired to feel like I'm actually making some progress (although I will, because it's so fun you don't even notice!).
I even started jumping rope for warmup, something I would never in a million Mondays have even bothered to start before.
My routine so far is a little short, but I'm adding stuff as things progress and I feel the need to.
A quick joints warmup followed by just a couple of static stretching on muscle groups that are naturally stiff and need some encouragement to get going; I than make some pushups, because I have the strength of a toddler from the stomach up, followed by some falling and getting up exercises suggested by Lyoto Machida on his channel; And to end the warmup, 4 sets of 1x1min rope jumping.
I than will make a karate session or "boxing" session depending on the mood. Karate will be some repetitions of the individual section of Gekisai-dai ichi and as many Sanchin as I can handle (usually two or three); For "boxing", I train just the foot work and go true slipping, side stepping, ducking and specially retreating to counter.
And that is it.... now I have to understand "shadow boxing", that is still a mystery to my brain and a real roadblock for my creativity and imagination.