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Creation Date: 08-09-2003 12:59 AM
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  #1 New 08-12-2003 12:11 AM
A week and a half. That is how long I have been a formal practitioner of Aikido. I looked into it maybe a year ago, but nothing really clicked for me. My Big brother offered to pay for some classes, and I said sure... I really didn't know what I was getting myself into.


I went into the Sowakan Dojo, which is a martial arts/ multipurpose room in our local leisure center feeling a bit of trepidation. I was clad in some track pants and a warm up shirt, whilst everyone around me was wearing thier dogi. I stuck out like a sore thumb. I tried to look past that, and get into the class. Friendly people, not a harsh atmosphere either, I really ate it up. I decided that I liked it so much, that I would show up for another class.

The next class I showed up to, I was somewhat prepared. About 4 months prior, I had bought a kung fu outfit. Not because I studied kung fu, but because it looked neat, and was comfortable to wear. On top of that, it was black. I dig black. Needless to say, once again, I stuck out like a sore thumb. This Class was a bit more structured- less testing for me to sit around and watch. I also got to get my feet wet in the ways of break falls.

I like breakfalls, why? Because they are hard to do. I do them because they are hard. If it is hard... chances are, it is worth doing. That's my motto. Taylor Sensei showed me how to do them... and I did them like a champ... in the sense that I didn't give up. Someday, and someday soon, I'll get it down, but till then, ill keep trying.

I like my kung fu-gi, but feeling the need to look more uniform, I convinced my mother to buy me a dogi. I bought one, and for about a day and a half, i felt somewhat normal in terms of attire in my dojo. When I put it on, however, I saw that it was about 2 sizes bigger than me. Once again... I stuck out like a sore thumb.


Maybe this week:
Will be better
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will see me learn to do breakfalls properly
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I will talk to my Girlfriend on the phone(she lives far away)
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I'll learn some of the japanese for various techniques
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I'll grow out of video games
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I'll stop wearing ninja socks for the hell of it

Maybe I'll get a life
-Dal
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