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now of course that I've been for a week without aikido, it's less awful to contemplate another week without it. So with all that free time, I played tennis on the 3rd day of Chinese new year with some non-aikido friends. My arms and legs ached a bit for two days, and I stubbed my toe. It's comic how I always manage to injure myself at tennis and never at aikido. Had a whale of a time though rushing around the court merrily. I'm too impatient really for tennis so I tend to need to learn to wait for the ball to come to me. But given that it was the first game I'd played for close to 10 years, it went well. That's if you don't count the ball I hit into the swimming pool
I tried golf too! The game I swore I never would try till I was a lot older. The golf pro gave us a short free lesson as an introduction before asking us to sign up for 10 lessons. Unfortunately for him, it also made me realise that it was an easy enough game so that I could learn it without an instructor. There's only really one move: the golf swing. Just do it bigger or smaller. And with different clubs. And I found a cheap way to practice too: just rent the club and the balls at the driving range for less than $10 a session. So I might try to just hit some balls around with my friends who want to learn it. Lessons are just so expensive they're a luxury I can do without.
I figure heck, if I learnt badminton without professional coaching and squash without professional coaching, this was easier than either of those two sports. Just friends who knew how to play. Tennis was a different ball game though (pun intended) and I did have some lessons when I was young and they were invaluable.
I also did a session of yoga which was really good for me. I have these two great VCDs which I follow. I notice that if I do yoga in the morning and then do aikido in the evening my body is a lot more limber during aikido especially at the start.