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It was an interesting class. I was Ok on the order of things in the 13 count Kata. The rest of the stuff seemed really off today. I have no idea of the names of everything in the weapons class. We did something that seemed to be all the possible moves again. This was interesting. I did better than last time, as I stood there looking at everyone else less, I think so at least.
There was an interesting mental lesson today. That confidence made a big difference in practice. If one of the people in a pair was confident, it made the other more confident, even if one were somewhat unsure. They would work out the right answer together if one of them was confident. If both were less than confident in what they were doing, then both would stop even when one of them knew what was going on. There are some lessons here that are a good take away to some of the other things that are going on in my life.
I think that I need to spend some time outside the dojo practicing some of the weapons stuff. Something else to get into the schedule. I think I can fit it in though, and I am beginning to see how it applies to the rest of my Aikido practice in regards especially to foot work, which seems to be my challenge.
One of the interesting parts of the training was when I was training with Vaughn, who for some reason has an intimidation factor for me. ( I have noticed that others don't so much have the same issue with him.) I mentioned this in a way at the circle at the end of class. He went out of his way to train with me a little after class on the paired partner practice that we were doing. It was very kind of him.