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I skipped class on Saturday; my body needed the break. I guess it worked, because I came to class yesterday (Tuesday 6/24/03) without all the soreness I've been feeling the past couple of weeks.
Yesterday's class was somewhat mixed. I was able to participate fully even though it was rather hot. As the sun was going down, shedding its last killer rays through the plate glass window in the front of our dojo, I was silently chanting, "die, you evil orb, die!"
Anyway, I'm feeling better about my tenkan movement. I've been paying attention to the how I place my feet and my weight. I'm working to avoid placing unneeded stress on my ankles and knees. A good, proper movement does exactly what I want it to, but I guess I've been fudging it and getting a bit sloppier over time.
I felt as though my instructor had it out for me last night. His criticisms were valid (for the most part), but far too frequent for my taste. Part of the problem -- at one point, anyway -- was that I was working with a new student and my instructor was doing his best to make her feel comfortable. I feel that that happened a bit at my expense. This was annoying, but not to the point of being upsetting. Part of my frustration was that I was genuinely confused about the technique, but the instructor had to spend more time correcting the new student's attacks than helping my with the technique.
I know that sounds peevish, but I was in a slightly peevish mood with all the heat, humidity, and occasion al criticism. It's a good thing I'm in this for the long haul. Ah well. Tomorrow is another class, and I'll work on paying attention and doing my best. That's about all one can do. Now if only we could get back to more temperate weather. This 90-some-odd degree crap simply sucks.
The other thing that would be nice is if I could get the dang blue belt with stripe that I earned two Saturdays ago. It's on order but taking a while to come in. For now, I'm wearing an old white belt.