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Last night (9/11/03) was my first night back to class for more than a week. The week previous, I was sick. At the time I thought it was a stomach flu, but now I think it was more stress than flu. Either way, it was a painful upset stomach combined with exceptionally sore muscles I acquired by helping my parents repaint and re-carpet their bedroom over Labor Day weekend. Then, this past Tuesday, an hour or so before I was going to leave for class, my wife and I got word that her mother had had a mild heart attack. Thankfully, she's fine and it was only a mild attack, but naturally I missed class to visit with my mother-in-law.
Last night's class was pretty good. I showed up early (as I usually do on Thursdays) and worked primarily with Micah (our most senior student) during the open mat session prior to class. It was good to work with him. We worked both on my ukemi and my technique. Most of the work on technique was in refining things like foot placement and hand/arm position. The rest of class went pretty well. My slow-mo randori session went pretty well, but it could have been better.
I was going to go on a bit about something related to training; atemi, ukemi, etc., but I don't think I will for this entry. Suffice it to say that today is a nice day, just at the beginning of fall. The air is cool, but not cold. The humidity is, for once, quite bearable. There's a nice breeze, and all seems right with the world -- or mostly so. The Ibuprofen I took to counteract the reminders of last night's training is starting to work. Tomorrow is weapons class, and life is good.