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When I first started Aikido I weighed around 180 Lbs, I ate once a day, sometimes nothing. So when I practiced my muscles would tear up and get sore, my body would then consume my body fat to repair my muscles, so I lost weight fast.
When I got to around 140 I felt energetic and was able to practice hard. Though as I got down to 135 I started to get tired from hard work and Aikido training so I started to drink Carb mix. Finally I got to 125 Lbs, I had almost no body fat and I had the muscle I gained from training. But Carbs just wouldn't cut it anymore.
I'd drink carbs to fuel me for work, and again for Aikido, but, the carbs I driank for Aikido were still being used to compensate for work, so though I could do alot more than I could before I started Aikido, I was so so tired and I started to cease coming to class, which was no good. And I smoked over a pack a day.
Now I'm back and again at 180 Lbs, I'm going to try again to get down to 140 Lbs and then I'll start eating consistently 3 times daily and leave the Carbs alone because that can only carry me so far.
I can practice just as hard as I did when I left, however my body sure feels it. But with each day my pain subsides I'm going to push my limits farther. I'll practice technique slow enough to get the techniques right, but I'll jog to and from class, exersise mildly, and overdo rolls, Shikko, and push myself to try to be some kinda Achilles, fitness and stamina wise that is. And I'm gonna have to cut down
Yesterday was my first day back in Aikido in seven months. Really you just can't take that much time off and expect doing what you used to not to punish your body. Man, I am so sore. I figure I'll jog, the 3 Km's to class when I go everytime to and from, do a whole lotta Shikko, lotsa rolls, and try to punish my body for a while to lose this 50 Lbs I've gained.
I'm definitely gonna practice slow to get the finer points I was activley including in my techniques instead of going fast and doing sloppy so I can get back to where I was fast so I can continue where I feel I left off.
I'm definitley alot more serious about how I train now then before and really focus on getting technique right.
Anyway the students I practiced with were intersted in some of the things I did in my techniques that were new and "cool" to them, things I learned in Winnipeg, and it's interesting the differences between Aikikai in Winnipeg and Sudbury, they were doings things just as new to me as I was them. It should be alotta fun, big stone dojo full of books, and nice people can't wait till next class, Ta!
I started Aikido curious as to the demands, and how they would differ from Karate. I loved it. I Started on kinda half assed just trying to see what it was about. Then got somewhat addicted. Finally I began burning out and developed an interest in how I could sharpen my mind and mental focus outside of class, then bring that to class and see how good I'd do.
Test time came round and I was impressed that though I was not coming to class as often as I thought I should I left proud of how well I felt I did, and the feedback I had.
Moved away from Winnipeg in November 2006, and I haven't been able to train in class since, though I've been F@#$ing around with friends, and pursuing aspects I believe are of value. Anyways I've come to a position where I can go back and will be in July 2007, new teacher-a lady, new students who are unfamiliar.
So I've had some time to digest what I HAVE done and what is needed of me to get good, and I think I'll be much more prepared for whats needed to get good, and how much of a benefit Aikido is to me, cause' F!#K I miss it.
July 1st will be my first time back, and, I don't know I think it might be fun to come in under the disguise of a fresh newbie bearing a bottle of Sake for the Sensei and take a class before introducing myself as a soon to be 4th kyu. Anyway Ta! H
Well, it has been about two months since I got smacked into a mat, I'm gettin' pretty bored. Ended up moving to Sudbury basically overnight, and me, my lady and my new baby girl Ivy Hope Gray are still getting settled in. Figure I'll join one of the dojo's soon but finding steady work is the momentary problem. Cost of living is suprisingly decent here too so I can rest assured recommencing training wont be much of a problem. But I gotta say I'm itchin' to dish out the shalackens.
By the way if any NWA's catch this I'd like to thank you all for the fun, and best wishes.
Well, I've been away for I think two weeks. I've had the flu, and spent tons of time packing. It's finally official, I'm moving to Sudbury, Ontario. I should finally be ready to practice again on Thursday, but damn, I feel so much like I'm missing out on stuff when I'm out.
Anyway I'm leaving for Ontario on the 8th of December, at least though there are two Aikikai dojos in Sudbury. (Budoka Aikikai & Sudbury Aikikai) Thankfully they are the same style.
Now then all this time I took off near my Gokyu test I still managed to pull it off, now it is almost opposite, I'm taking time off at the very beginning before I prepare for Yonkyu. Hopefully I pull it off, I'm just going to have to practice and try harder when I'm there than I would have had these temporary breaks not been necessary. Still, if this #@$ keeps happening 10 years to Shodan will take even longer.
I have hated Randori since the very beginning, it's just been so hard. I've taken Aikido for a year now and I've started to understanfd the building blocks of the building blocks of the etc, etc of Aikido. My rolling falling striking throwing kokyu and everything else is becoming clearerbecause of effort and time served in practice. Even Sensei's tips are beginning to make sense to me, and then there's been Randori. Frickin' Randori.
Recently I've started to notice the senior students behavior during this practice and I never realized how often they atemi before. So I decided to try it and it changed my attitude from I hate this to I may be able to handle it. I always went into it not wanting to do the same thing twice feeling I want to be the guy to cover a wide spread of techniques, including trying to force a predetermined technique on every attack until I get it. I have more Randori friendly techniques to use practiced to instinct and I willing to use atemi since I see others use it, and it works very well to create desirable openings in the crowd.
So I finally tested and I have to say it was the coolest so far to have an audience. I came in two hours early to practice but, well, I was the only one there. I don't know why but I told people I went through the test over and over, but, I didn't. I sat there preforming zazen meditation for about an hour and a half. The concentration was key to the test, so, I shall have to remember that.
I've just now looked over the Yonkyu requirments, looks fun. This time round I know whats on the test and I will try from now on to master the techniques as much as I can for the test. I want to focus on perfecting a rapid tempo. Yep thats next.
I've taken a look at the 5th kyu testing requirements of the CAF and I know and can describe all of them accurately. Seriously I know them, but when I get up in front of the class I hear U Ryotekubidori Ikkyo and it sounds like gibberish. I then don't even know what Sensei is asking me to do, as nage I can't even think of what uke is supposed to do to me. It is really annoying knowing that pressure of testing is blanking me.
Randori, I know the rules, how I should move, not to use complex long techniques, that I should never turn my back, stop at an obstacle and keep on moving. But, when I get on the mat do I comply with these basic guidelines- no. I do my own thing, and I try to force complex techniques instead of short ones like kotegaeshi, or even to just use evasion with atemi.
When I get up there I try to remember a list of techniques to use and can't think. I know what works but I hate using the same basic stuff and again try shomenuch sankyo and yonkyo, or Irimi-nage techs and even when they don't work at a given angle, I try to force them anyway and get nailed by all the uke. Ego, pressure, etc, these are my enemies.
I've been in Aikido for nearly a year now and so alot of what we do daily is something I've had some time to memorize and become comfortable with. With losing my self-conciousness I can now have fun with the techniques and even experiment with them.
I seem to have gone enough now to the point that some wrist locks don't even work now (depending on whether or not it's Jon doing them). And on my off time I can create new interesting and devestating techniques of my own that work well. One thing I like is now I can just let loose in the dojo, and after work it's great to come in because I can heave people around, get slammed and stretched loosening all the tension in my body and I get the chance to Kiai which is a real release.
I remember back when I first started my Kiai was small and I improved when I was home alone and practiced, I got good enough that everything made of metal would be ringing with the vibrations. Now my voice spooks even some students that got there before me.
Yesterday was really cool too, we got to hit the bag with our Jo's. My focus on Tsuki was to send the bag whirling away which kept tipping one of the guys over, and man did I feel good after beating the crap out of that thing.
Testing is some time this summer, I hope I pass. I feel I've changed since I came, my muscles have become like wires and I can feel tremendous power. However, I have to work on technique technicals so I can use the power to the full effect. Gotta keep practicing and