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I'm back on the mat after taking a 10 day break. It was a bit tense for me because my knee isn't completely normal yet so I kept worrying about which positions might cause pain. And it caused a problem right before class while I was laying mats but it didn't recur during practice. I've finally figured out I think I have iliotibial band syndrome. Hmmm....I notice one of the stretches done to stretch this muscle is a common yoga stretch. I think I should seriously consider going back to yoga as a complement to training in aikido since yoga really does help to stretch a lot of the smaller muscles and would overall increase flexibility. If i'm reaching a point of overuse then I seriously need to consider going back to yoga to prevent injuries.
I practiced with this very good white belt today. He's astonishingly good...I can't believe he's a white belt but I think he is as he's good enough to be blue but not much more than that. I'm sure he's going to do very well for his grading this coming Sunday. I think I threw him a bit too hard the last throw cos the instructor came around and looked a bit pained :0...i must remember he's a white belt. Just that he's so good so I tend to forget.