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Creation Date: 05-07-2007 03:47 PM
After years of wanting to learn a martial art and with a very little understanding of Aikido, I finally started last month.
This blog is for me to look back and see how my journey began and to record my thoughts.
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In General Learning the hard way Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #4 New 05-24-2007 04:02 PM
Well tonight's session was great. The rolls are coming much more naturally now although I still watch Sensei to see how he makes them look so graceful and smooth. Even the noise his rolls make sounds right, just a swoosh of cloth.
I correctly remembered the meaning of yokomenuchi as opposed to shomenuchi.

Then something interesting happened.
During ikkyo with myself as uke I felt that if I went to the floor it was because I knew I should, not because the technique was working correctly. Instead of dropping neatly at the right time I simply continued round in the circle. At which point Nage increased speed and energy and virtually spun me off my feet onto the mat, I banged my knee in the process and it's still stiff now.
I'm still assimilating what happened. I apologised to Sensei after the session, as I felt responsible for forcing Nage to increase the efficiency of his attack. Now I'm not sure though, maybe it was more a 50/50 split of responsibility. I thought I was helping Nage by encouraging him to use correct techniqe, but I think he was being careful of me due to my inexperience.

Maybe I created a situation where he was forced to use more powerful technique than I was ready to handle.

I don't know, but it is something to think about. There is a lesson there, at least one.
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#1 05-25-2007 10:33 AM
Jonshez Says:
Well, woke up this morning and couldn't stand on my knee. Quick trip to casualty and it's a sprain. Complete rest for a week. I'm frustrated, had to miss a day of work and no gym this week.

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