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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.
Well tonight was interesting.
My fifth time on the mat, and our usual Sensei was unable to attend so we had someone new (to me).
It was interesting to have the same exercises shown and explained by someone else. It wasn't better, just helped me see some things from a different angle. I felt like I made reasonable progress with my ukemi tonight, apart from a couple of forward rolls where I came down quite heavy on my hip. The backward rolls are coming along nicely though.
I also learned something about ikkyo. A lady at the dojo always, and I mean always gets me to drop to one knee when she takes the arm over. It doesn't hurt, but you just go down. My ikkyo seemed to require a lot of force on the arm to make the uke go down. I learned not to grab the wrist, and to take the back of the hand and sort of bend the elbow and voila, uke on one knee.
As usual I come home and am amazingly calm and (for want of a better word) harmonious.
I am loving this training, the atmosphere, the philosophy and the way it makes me feel afterward. Looking forward to next week already!