With yesterday being Shrove Tuesday or more widely known as “Pancake Day”, it means today is Ash Wednesday the beginning of Lent. Around the world Christian’s observe the days leading up to Easter Sunday by not giving into temptations (mainly giving up chocolate and other sugary treats). But for Neil Fisher from the St. Albans club, he has decided upon a different approach.
Neil has set himself a challenge to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK by waking up at 5am every day and performing all of the 16 Kata’s he currently knows in his local park.
Come rain or shine (or even snow), Neil will work his way out of bed at 5am sharp and trek across to his local park. He will then perform in order the 16 Kata’s from start to finish, before returning home to carry on with the rest of his day. Over the 44 days of lent, that’s 704 Katas! All completed before breakfast!
All for a Good Cause
Whilst many will think that Neil’s gone mad, he is doing so for a good cause. Neil would like to raise as much money and awareness for Prostate Cancer UK. If you would like to support Neil in reaching his target of £300, please use the link below to make a donation.
Neil will be completing the following Katas every day from start to finish:
- Taikyoku Shodan
- Heian Shodan
- Heian Nidan
- Heian Sandan
- Heian Yondan
- Heian Godan
- Tekki Shodan
- Bassai Dai
- Kanku Dai
- Tekki Nidan
- Bassai Sho
|1||14/02/2018||It was very cold outside on the first day – job done!|
|2||15/02/2018||Today was a bit milder although I did get to chat with a lad doing the walk of shame. He must have had a great Valentines Day 😉|
|3||16/02/2018||Nearly the weekend, lets do this!|
|4||17/02/2018||Good start to a Saturday!|
|5||18/02/2018||Feel ready for the day now.|
|6||19/02/2018||Can’t wait for the mornings to get lighter.|
|7||20/02/2018||Kata’s are getting better, not sure about the bags under my eyes!|
|8||21/02/2018||This is getting a bit repetitive now…|
|9||22/02/2018||Job Done, still very dark!|
|10||23/02/2018||Today was the coldest to date but in some ways, that makes it more interesting. In the pitch dark, all senses seem to be far more alert and Im very aware of noise throughout the motions. Its almost as if you can hear poor technique as well as feel it!|
|12||25/02/2018||Now to enjoy Sunday!|
|13||26/02/2018||When will it get lighter|
|14||27/02/2018||Snow is on its way…|
|15||28/02/2018||Snow gave me some light earlier and -6 degs!|
|16||01/03/2018||I have to say, its hasn’t been as cold as I was expecting and once you start moving, its fine. But im very aware of tight muscles potentially going ‘ping’ in the cold, so kicking has been low!|
|17||02/03/2018||This last week has been interesting, given the temperature drop and conditions. The snow has given some much needed light and helps with turns.|
|19||04/03/2018||Why couldn’t lent be in the Summer?|
|20||05/03/2018||Could murder a pancake right about now…|
|21||06/03/2018||I’m surprised the dog walkers haven’t reported me by now!|
|22||07/03/2018||Half way there!|
|23||08/03/2018||Over half way now, I can do this!|
|24||09/03/2018||I can’t wait for a lay-in|
|25||10/03/2018||‘Walk of shames’ out this morning!|
|26||11/03/2018||Lazy Sunday…not me|
|27||12/03/2018||Is that a bit of light I see?|
|28||13/03/2018||I’ve noted the Spring light is coming although its still dark at 5am|
|29||14/03/2018||I’ve also noticed the pattern of life for a fox at this time of day as well as a few people off to start their early shifts somewhere.|
|30||15/03/2018||Some days the kata flow nicely and on others, its poor. I have no idea why that occurs!|
|31||16/03/2018||Nearly the weekend!|
|32||17/03/2018||It’s tempting to go back to bed|
|33||18/03/2018||So much for a lazy Sunday|
|34||19/03/2018||I think its warming up?|
|35||20/03/2018||I think my body clock may have changed.|
|36||21/03/2018||I CAN DO THIS!|
|37||22/03/2018||Shall I have a go on the kids park equipment?|
|38||23/03/2018||The clock’s change this weekend, does that mean the start of summer?|
|39||24/03/2018||40 Days tomorrow, nearly there.|
|40||25/03/2018||That’s 40 days of waking up at 5am… Do my eyes tell that storey?|
|41||26/03/2018||I can almost taste victory… or was that the garlic bread from last night’s tea?|
|42||27/03/2018||Getting so close…|
|43||28/03/2018||43/44 days completed. I can give you my word that I made it every day and tomorrow’s glory lap will not be missed.|
|44||29/03/2018||And that’s it, I’m done!|
Neil sent us this photo when it was snowing! Looks a bit creepy to me… screams out ‘Walking Dead’!
Summary – Finished!
So after 44 days Neil completed his challenge.
- 720 Kata’s performed in total
- 22 Hours of Karate
- Earliest start of 4:55am!
- Latest start of 5:05am!
- Lowest temperature -7 Degrees
- Highest temperature 2 Degrees
- A few foxes, a few rats, 1 drunk and 2 bags under Neil’s eyes
Neil has promised to give us regular updates with how he gets on.
Good Luck Neil!