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Aiki-Log -- Class #29
Thursday, November 4, 2004 -- 7:30pm
I noticed quite a bit of muscle soreness after Wednesday's class. However, after last night's class, I've noticed A LOT of muscle soreness! One month off = start over. The good news is my ankle and elbow are both doing Ok.
Before class I was working with another student that was also experiencing problems with their right arm (upper -- bicep area). Since they were going to restrict their activities to left-side-only (LSO), I suggested to Sensei that we two should be paired up for the entire class so as not to inhibit the other students. He said that was an excellent idea, and that's what we did. He referred to us as the "handicapped section" later during class.
We had typical turnout for a Thursday: about 14 students. I'm not sure if having two LSOs in the class had anything to do with it, but we did our warm-ups from left kamae this time (first time ever, as far as I know). That was interesting! Some of the students acted as if they couldn't believe we were doing it that way, ha ha. I sat out on rolls again.
It sure is a challenge to be working on the LSO during the initial run thru on techniques. Sensei demos the right side and that make things interestingly confusing. It forces me to pay much closer attention so I can mirror image the movements.
We modified one of the techniques from the night before by ending it with an ikkajo throw instead of a pin. Then we switch to a nikkajo (2nd control) opening with an ikkajo throw. My partner and I both walked out of the throws.
We did a few suwari-waza which were a little tough for me because of my ankle, but everything worked out ok. We finished up with a jiu-jitsu-like modified / inverted nikkajo take down. Tough to describe but definitely in the ouchi-waza category.
I hooked up with the new Yoshinkai guy and might have found a place to practice on Sundays. His uncle has a very small dojo room set up in a local hospital for training police and security staff (great locale if we get hurt while practicing!). This could work out great if our Sensei can't get us time in our rented dojo room at the health club. He's working on it, but we won't know for a week or two.
We're planning on bringing Rick Brady Sensei back to start a regular (twice a week) Toyama Ryu Iaido class. There were about 9 people interested from just the Thursday class. I'd like to go too, but once again… . Also, these classes will be on Tuesdays and some other day. I've only got Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday available, so even if I had the cash I don't have the time. Bummer
It's great to be back on the mat… even if I do feel like I'm 93 today.