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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.