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One of the thoughts that kept coming to mind while I was running was the idea of how important organization is and that I want to start detailing a list of goals as a matter of habit. My bottom line goal for the next S2S Relay Race, assuming we are able to do it, is to run an average of 10 minute miles for comparable or longer distance. I'm aiming for 9 minute miles though.
Suburi has generally been more about doing things as they pop into mind, but I'm going to detail a log and introduce a definite form and sequence reflecting the practice at Tsubaki Kannagara Dojo a little more closely. This will help sharpen my sense of the form and etiquette of practice there while giving me a more definite place to focus my (hopefully improving) analysis/synthesis of data.
Also, my oldest son is just over 4, and has always had remarkable dexterity for his age so I'm going to start introducing what little I understand of push tests and connection exercises and see how he likes them. I want him to have as good a foundation structurally as I can offer, but it also will reinforce my learning, if my short time teaching a kids' Aikido class is any measure.
8/25 - Standard Solo
(not in order; furi tama repeats several times)
Misogi no O harae
Ame no tori fune undo
~20 min. Shomen uchi from mugamae, chudan, and wakigamae
~15 min. Jo tsuki
~200 various makiwara strikes (thinking: "drop" the strike into vertical and horizontal surfaces)
Kata for receiving/returning tsuki
Notes: 8/26 - Standard Solo (approx.15 min.)
Shizentai and Breathing (approx. 30 min.)
50 shomen uchi from chudan
Averaged approx. 45 minutes worth of breathing exercises each evening; primarily Ibuki undo, Ame no tori fune undo, and slow showmen uchi.
Notes: Structuring my solo practice has been hard. I'm so used to just going out in the yard and doing what comes to mind at the moment. Tonight (9/2) I'll return to the plan more closely.
9/2- Standard Solo (approx. 20 min.)
Shizentai and Breathing (approx. 60 min.)
Makiwara (approx. 20 min.)
Kata (approx. 20 min.)
-Tsuki irimi nage ura
-Morote dori yonkyo nigite
Notes: In the "Shizentai and Breathing" practice I am trying to observe where tension forms in my body as I practice deep breathing. Sometimes I'll move my arms in a kind of modified Ibuki undo, focusing on the vertical orientation of my spine, seeking to elongate it with the expansion of my breath. I'm exploring how the undulations of the hips and spine can radiate outward through the limbs; with the aim of constantly trying to orient around "center;" I keep getting the mental image of a cross between Gumbie and a Mobius strip un-wrinkling, for my limbs and torso.
***I'm thinking I will split the log up in monthly increments...er...from now on.