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Wow, a whole 15 people for Friday class. Attendence I notice is creeping up slowly. It was 12 the last two weeks and now it's 15. Let's see what it's like for the next few weeks. I tend to really enjoy the contrast of friday's class with the other classes on Monday and Wednesday.
I notice there are more newbies coming for friday's class. There seem to be at least four now who show up each time. I was chatting to one of the newer white belt guys, a huge sturdy guy whom I first thought was american but later after talking to him realised he was probably Irish. Turns out he's done judo and karate before but got injured quite a lot. He told me that in judo he got his ankle broken four times. He says he's also got a nagging shoulder injury so he's having to be careful with that. I think it would be interesting to see how his aikido evolves as I don't know anyone else who's come from a judo type background. I notice the ones who have a kendo, karate or TKD background tend to have more linear, harder styles.
The other white belt guy who was really stiff appeared again much to my relief. I didn't partner him though as I figured he'd probably had enough of me laughing at him from last week. One of the very senior yudansha guys partnered him which I think was good for him as he's very patient.