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At the dojo Monday night,
we were warming up to get it right.
First ukemi, I went to roll,
no questions asked, insane groin pull.
I stood right up, my face without cheer
a new injury two days before the New Year.
I was disappointed and shocked,
would I be mocked?
Everyone knows I am injury prone,
even so, I hate stretching on the mat alone.
Over comes the head Yondan,
he agrees its best to rest, not carry on.
What happens next made me realize,
that everything would be ok as always, not to my surprise.
All aikidoka, one by one,
came to make sure I was ok after the warm up was done.
Use ice! Use heat!
I had this injury myself, its not something you can't beat!
You'll be on the mat again in no time you will see!
Here, let me give you the info for this chiropractor and this PT!
Everyone wanted to help and advise,
and why should this surprise?
This is the foundation of Aikido,
so, Kohai, arise!
The very next day I decided to see,
an International Taekwondo Champ turned DPT.
If any therapist could relate to the martial arts side of me,
well...certainly it would be he.
He said, Why do you need physical therapy? What are your goals?
I reply, To be a good student, to be on the mat, and painlessly roll.
We began immediately and now I can say,
I found what I will cross-train in for 2015 each and every day.
Future injuries get in line, I am not leaving the mat.
I am sidelined, but only for a time.
My return to the dojo after an 8 year leave of absence started 2 weeks and 8 training sessions ago. Feels like it has been much longer than that already. I feel incredible both mentally and physically, but being gone for so long will be a lifelong regret for the main reason that Sensei is visibly struggling with his physical participation in class. He is 80 years old at this point and can no longer do what he could when I initially began my aikido journey 10 years ago. It is my goal to get as much one-on-one with him as possible going forward.
That said, everything is coming back to me to the point that it feels as though I never left. Muscle memory is an incredible thing as rolling, breakfalling, and shikko are back in full force. My scoliosis is not acting up (yet), but I remain conscious to take 5 and stretch about 15 minutes before class ends otherwise chances are I will not do so before getting in the car or when I get home. I have been taking some NSAIDs before class but perhaps I should take them after so that I do not ignore pain and overdue it. Had been thinking about training in a second art on the side, but I think I will stick to cross-training in the form of running and general cardio right now.
When I first returned both Sensei and a Yondan asked me what level I left off at before which in our system is 6th kyu (orange belt). He stated that Sensei would probably want me to come back at the same level. Originally, I was not going to say anything and just
First week back and I logged 4 days of training. Talk about a welcome back.....the soreness is here, but I am very satisfied. School is done and I live less than a mile away from the new dojo location.
What amazed me the most is the fact that I went right into all of my ukemi as if I never left. I guess I really did commit a lot of this stuff to muscle memory in the two years of training before.
It is becoming quite common that I only post an entry in this journal 2-3 times a year now. I swear this last break was not my fault this time. I have taken two years to come to the realization that I MUST return to my Aikido studies. I have mentioned sufferring from back pain on here before, and still trying to overcome to return to Aikido.
Turns out, after getting some x-ray work done, that I have stage 3 (advanced) scoliosis ranging from my lower lumbar to upper thoracic spine. My lumbar spine has a 17 degree curvature (spaning 5-6 vertebrae) and my thoracic spine has a 24 degree compensatory curve (spaning 2-3 vertebrae). I am in pain everyday, but when I excersice, it subsides. Doctors told me that it is ideopathic, and has probably been developing for my whole life as a result of my left leg being 2mm shorter than my right. So, my spine is shaped like an S. How can this happen???? I am only 23 years old!!!! I have played sports for my entire life (baseball, basketball, soccer, etc.), and now my doctor is telling me that I should not even jog or run. Apparently I can only do activities that are non-impact, or it could progress the curves further.
Over the past few months I have concentrated on staying stretched out and doing various strenthening excercises for my spine. What if.....I modify my Aikido training when I return, and remain conscious at all times of things I shouldn't do while there. I
Today I was late to work (2 hrs) because not only was there a book signing at the dojo for my Sensei's book, but a weapons demo!! Who wants to miss that!? Not me.
Anyhow, my back issue is still present, but I will be getting back to training non-the-less. I plan on being back at the dojo full-time (2-3 classes...full-time for me) on Janruary 1, which is the date of the New Years seminar. I will need to get two prep classes in between then and now. I have been away from the dojo for 8 months now. I also found out today that there are many students of aikido that study regardless of injury (specifically back). I think the stretching and rolling will relieve some tension.
I swore before that I would not take breaks from training. Well....Monday night I went to class after 9 long months of no training. I have not felt this good in months. Partly, the reason it took me so long to get back was because of a lower back strain/injury which has improved. I think attending class the other night has actually helped stretch my back out. Love this stuff.
This morning was my first class back since taking a break for two months to finish the semester of school. I realize now that I hate taking breaks from training. It is not so much that I forgot things, like I thought would be the problem, but it is that when I took a break from my Aikido training, I almost stopped working out all together. Then, when I went back today, I was struggling just to keep up with the warm-ups, because they work the whole body. By the end of the warm-up period, I had already broken a sweat, which normally did not used to happen until about half way through the class. Anyways, it went well for the most part and I am going to strive to not take any more breaks, and if I must I dont want them to be two months long. I am also going to start taking my training more seriously.
Today I bought 'Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere'. I am looking forward to it for a good summer read and hope that it will give me a little more in-depth knowledge. The beginning of the book also states that it will later discuss a workout routine specific to Aikido for 'off-the-mat' time, which I want to incorporate in my training.
Lastly-I think I am going to start running to the dojo in the mornings. It is 2.3 miles one-way, but I think that it will be good for me. I am more worried about the run back. haha.
I have unfortunately been unable to attend regular classes at my dojo due to work and school schedules. I am only able to go once a week if I am lucky. I cant wait until school is over because this sucks. I guess everyone has to take a break sometime.
So I work for a security company and the other day my triaining supervisor came to me and said that he wants my help in developing a self defense program for our building's management staff and security staff. He had just gotten back from a 3-day seminar in which he learned basic self defense tactics from the same person that did our handcuff training at work. For a long time, I have been telling him that the new hires should be trained in some kind of basic self defense for safety and liability purposes. Because he knows about my study of Aikido and knowledge of basic martial arts principles, he wants to teach me what he learned, and for me to assist him with teaching it to everyone else. He also said that because of the Aikido training, I can through a few things in there along the way that might compliment some of the techniques that he wants to teach.
The best part about his is that on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday of this week, I will be pulled away from my normal duties at work, and I will be doing a 3-day training thing with him.........and getting paid for it.
Lynn if your reading this, I would like to try and go over some things with you before class on Wed (tomorrow) if you were going to be there.
Last night we did something new, or at least something that is new to me. We learned 6 breath throws in order from #1-#6. It really helped me to remember everything that we had gone over by learning the variations to a throw in sets. Very helpful.