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Aiki-Log -- Class #22 (A & B)
Wednesday, October 13, 2004 -- 6:30pm
Sorry for the delayed entry. I haven't been on the mat since October 7th, and it will be a few more weeks before I'm able to participate again.
WATCHI-WAZA (long term)
My right ankle, right elbow and upper back have been bothering me for a few weeks. They have been getting slowly worse so I decided to sit out. I've since been to the doctor and discovered that I strained a tendon in my ankle (on the top of my foot) from kneeling in seiza, and I have "golfer's elbow" (tendon problem on the inside of my elbow). My back was sore from ukemi, but is getting better after walking out of throws instead of hitting my back on the mat.
The above are due to a combination of having turned 40 on the 9th , my Hyper Mobility Syndrome (HMS) and weak supporting muscles, so I need to make some changes:
1. Stay off the mat until my ankle gets better.
a. Rest / heat / massage / until better.
b. Slowly strengthen my ankles after things heal up.
2. Modify seiza (forever).
a. Stay on my toes instead of going down on the tops of my ankles.
b. This ought to make suwari-waza interesting.
3. Modify my driver-waza.
a. Gas to brake to gas to brake during my commute causes pain.
b. I'll be trying to drive two-footed for a while and see if that helps.
4. Modify my sleepi-waza.
a. My ankle gets stretched / twisted by the weight of the blankets / sheets / comforter on the end of my bed.
1. Don't do anything requiring strength until it is fully healed.
a. Rest (compression elbow brace) / heat / massage / stretching until better.
2. Modify my sleepi-waza.
a. My elbow gets stretched / twisted by putting my arm under my pillow while on my right side. Kind of like an all-night kotegaeshi, minus the twisted wrist.
3. Don't rest my elbow on anything unless it's well padded.
a. Console in my car.
b. Desk and chair arm at work.
4. Wear a compression elbow brace during Aikido until it is strengthened.
5. Don't do any right-sided Aikido techniques until it is strengthened.
6. Strengthen it slowly after it is fully healed.
7. Notify uke that I'll be tapping out earlier than usual (forever).
1. Don't do any ukemi until I strengthen my upper back.
2. Modify my sleepi-waza
a. My current mattress is shot. I'm waiting for my new Tempur-pedic mattress to show up.
Marcus Sensei taught the first class in this series tonight. It was fairly well attended. About 10 people showed up. One was a sweats-wearing stranger and another was a guy from work that I invited. The rest were Aikido folks. I tried to record detailed waza-notes, but I'm not sure how well it worked since the vocabulary for some of what was done isn't Aikido-based.
I stayed for the 7:30pm class as well. I took good waza-notes, but I think I'm going to start a private techniques journal and keep the details there (unless there's a public outcry to see what I'm writing).
Kenji Nakazawa arrived today and will begin teaching seminar classes tomorrow. He will be around long enough to teach seven total seminars!
[rant] This sucks! I just started back into Aikido in August and already I'm sidelined! [/rant]