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Creation Date: 02-09-2005 02:53 PM
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In General Getting back into it…and boy am I sore! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #44 New 12-17-2003 02:35 PM
Last Saturday (12/13/03) was my first time back in class for about a month and a half. The class went well. I was nervous about coming back, but I wasn't too rusty and everyone was very welcoming.

I lead warm-ups before class, and they were literal warm-ups. The dojo is unheated, and it was 28 degrees F outside when class started. It felt only a little cooler inside. We did a few aiki taiso and then practiced our empty hand strikes as ways of warming us up. Our exertions also warmed the dojo.

As I said, practice went well. I was, however, a bit surprised about one thing. We were doing a lot of taisabaki, and everyone's strikes were soft and slow. I had to consistently ask my partner to really strike well. I expect this from the new students, but those who've been there a while shouldn't have needed the reminder. It makes me wonder if I was doing the same thing before I took my sabbatical.

I was sore for two days after class. I was very physically active during my break from aikido, so I thought I'd be less sore. But aikido uses a different set of muscles, I guess.
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#2 12-18-2003 01:03 PM
jxa127 Says:
Thanks Jamie. I've got class again tonight and i'm looking foward to it -- even if I have another two days of soreness afterwards. :-) Regards, -Drew
#1 12-17-2003 03:51 PM
jducusin Says:
Welcome back, Drew! A Sempai of mine also recently came back to class after being away for 3 weeks due to work obligations. He's been telling me that it has taken another 3 weeks just to get back to feeling at the same level as he was when he left... Hope you keep us posted on how things go in the next little while with your return. ~~Jamie

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