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Today's friday's class was one I was looking forward to and it did not disappoint. It's the end of a very very busy and sad week for me so it's good it ended on a happier note.
There were about 12 of us, double last week's paltry 6 and we had a rollicking time towards the end where there was a lot more free flow of movement in the round robin practice and lots of people helping the sole white belt...at one stage I saw him being helped and explained to by a yondan and a 2nd kyu who's probably the best 2nd kyu in our dojo. The explanations he was getting were very good but I know that when I was at that stage, none of it sank in . All I could absorb was maybe one thing per lesson and I was lucky if I remembered that till the next lesson. Maybe he absorbs stuff better though. I was really not good at remembering things at the start.
But it was really the mood of relaxed casualness, experimental but people being careful. Also great seeing Peter back on the mat after his hamstring injury.
i'm turning into the only girl in the advanced class. Not sure where the other three gals who turn up have disappeared to. The other woman had a health problem so she tends to stay for the first beginners class only. It's kinds fun though cos it meant I got to partner lots of guys which I think is good for me and I got to partner the best black belter around whose really great to work with as he's got just lovely, fluid, gentle control and he works very deliberately. He kept telling me to slow down or I'd get tired but I think what he really meant was to slow down and get more *accurate* rather than my quicker sloppier movements. And I agree: sometimes I sacrifice sloppiness to keeping the momentum. That's largely cos I find in bringing down bigger guys that it's the fastest way to get them down but if I pause for a second they have the chance to regain their balance. But I certainly take the point that I should definitely slow down a little and build accuracy then when I'm on firmer ground with that, start again on speed.