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Ah… the weekend is finally coming to an end…and what a weekend it has been. I have hardly the energy to type this entry right now, but still we all do what we must.
Our "seminar" was great. Each of the classes went wonderfully. There were about twenty one people all together at the seminar, along with our Sensei who was bouncing between techniques on the mat and manning the video camera.
Our guest instructor ( his name regrettable slips my mind right now) was very interesting. Admittedly I had some difficulty understanding what he was saying ( he has a very thick accent). I realized just how much I still have yet to learn, but I was received warmly by all of my training partners. Watch out for Jessica-- she throws like the devil! Never had a better partner though-- she's got a great sense of humor and a patience to deal with the dyslexic likes of me
Round two, with my bad shoulder. During a jo technique I lost focus and slammed onto the top of my shoulder with 100+ pounds of dead weight. Not very fun at all. The most painful 45 minutes of this year… but after the throbbing subsided , I was able to sit with everyone on the mat while one of the senior students tested for his black belt. I've never been to a full grading, so this was a neat thing to be able to see. Randori was nifty, dun think I would ever be able to do that though ;P
Things are falling into place. For now I have to be gentle on my self. No rolling this week, though I'm going to try the soft ukemi that we went through to test the tenderness of my back and shoulder. About ten percent of the class I was flying ( or bouncing ) across the mat, so I'm understandably bruised and sore. For some reason lately I've been losing my balance and falling down when coming out of some techniques. The days of gracefulness and the seemingly perfect ballet balance I once possessed have sadly gone. Oh well.
I'm looking forward to the Denver seminar ( and going back "home"). Though I'm scared by it in a way. I will be the young-un ( as I usual am) in a group that has probably three times as must experience then me on the average level. Strange faces, but ones I hope to get used to in the few hours we all have together. I am most interested to see the different styles of teaching . Saturday was an interesting change for me, as our central theme seemed to be one of a "gentle blending" rather then the 1.2.3 cannon we do. Our guest instructor barely touched his uke when demonstrating techniques, yet he could seen anyone rolling away from him without exerting as much force as I have commonly seen before.
This has been and still looks to be quite an interesting month. I hope that all the long distance aikidoka made it home okay, especially them darn Salt Lake City people
But alas, Laundry, homework , packing and R.I.C.E are no so patiently waiting for me…