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I woke up this morning and was painfully aware that I was training last night. There were parts of me that were sore in places that I didn't even know had muscle. During my morning shower (a blissfully steaming hot one) I managed to find various bruises and stuff.
Some people talk about this delayed onset of soreness. They say it doesn't reach it's full potential until 24 hours later. I find that in much less time than that I'm at the peak of soreness. Even now, without any medication (I stray away from pills if at all possible) I'm not nearly as sore as I was when I got home from the dojo last night.
Three classes last night. I walked in with my new jo and bokken, excited for the final weapons class of the evening. In the first class with Toyoda Sensei we worked on what I think is an irimi kokyunage. As someone comes in for shomenuchi, you step right into them, draw them to your chest, then pivot around and throw them. Uke rolls out on one hand. It's a pretty powerful throw when you do it quickly.
After that I spent the rest of the class with one of the guys who is testing for 7th kyu this Saturday. He's young and really flexible. He had a little bit of trouble with the names of the techniques, but we talked about the Japanese meanings of them and I ran him through the entire ki and technique series. He knows what he's doing, and I'm looking forward to seeing his test this Saturday.
Class two with Parks-Casey Sensei focused on lots of taisabaki toshu. Munetsuki, yokomenuchi, and shihonage-like movements. We did a few variations on yokomenuchi sokumen iriminage and I had more practice on my yoko ukemi that I would have liked because I was beginning to get a little sore.
I was looking forward to using my new weapons, but at the last minute everyone left except for two 5th kyu who would be testing for their 4th kyu on the weekend. Sensei decided they would practice their test requirements instead of holding a weapons class.
D'oh. Didn't get to use the new weapons. I should have left then.
Blue belt, 4th kyu, half-way to shodan in the AAA/AAI system, is when the ukemi starts to get a little scary for me. Ukemi for ushirotekubitori kokyunage isn't bad, but everything else involves either breakfalls or yoko ukemi. I can't breakfall with confidence, and my yoko ukemi is still a work in progress.
I managed to make it through the class without breaking anything but I disliked the whole experience. It won't happen again.