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Well, got back on the mat sooner than I thought. I returned to class last night and just took it easy. I took no real ukemi, but mostly went through the motions putting emphasis on the hand and feet positions.
The shoulder is feeling considerablly better. When I informed sensei that I had a large bruise on my chest (something that took a few days to develope) he was rather relieved and assured that my injury was in fact something that would heal well. Where tears in tendons/ligaments take longer to heal, a tear in muscle (thus causing the bruising) will heal faster and better.
AND... that seems to be just the case here.
We've been working on the basics as many newer students have their first test coming up soon and.. it never hurts to go back to square one.
Lately we have been doing a variation on katame waza, different from what I was first taught. The slight changes we've made seem absolutly HUGE to me. But now that I've had some time to think about it and look it over, the changes really are sublte and it's becoming easier to grasp in my mind. But boy, in the begining there... I was all," WTF???" Totally lost.
But I'm liking these changes, very A to B. Clean, simple, defined, and they have such an impact on the power behind the technique. I'm getting to where I don't hardly remember what I was doing in the first place. If I had to go back and do my 6th kyu test all over again, I guarentee it would be COMPLETELY different... and not just because of time, but from style.