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My Path Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, fitness, happiness, horses, & life, by a 53 y/o sho-dan.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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Entries: 242
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In General Happy New Year (kinda) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #188 New 03-09-2013 05:20 PM
It's been about a year - actually a year and two months, since my 2nd kyu exam. My 1st kyu exam will be this morning. I think of each exam like New Year's Day - a time to look back, and to look ahead.

This year has been one of transitions. Bringing things into alignment. Getting behind center. Grounding. Being clear.

I changed the way I work. With my employer's and husband's support, I cut back on my hours, and now work exclusively from home. This has meant a huge reduction in stress and a better physical workspace for me. It allows more time and flexibility for my Aikido training, and lets me focus on writing as my primary activity.

Over the past few months I have upgraded my office, with a new computer and printer, and all new software tools for writing and design work. There have been a few steep learning curves, but now I'm off and running.

I established my own publishing company, Shugyo Press. I wrote and published my first book, "A Bowl of Love - How to Make a Big Green Dojo Potluck Salad." On Monday morning I will be moving directly into my next two books, one of which is to be my "Black Belt Project," something we each take on at our dojo, before our shodan exam. (The other is a secret, for now.)

There have been a lot of little things, too. A long-delayed household improvement is finally on track. My blog on AikiWeb just went over 200,000 views. I turned 50.

I've happily spent over 250 training days on the mat. I have helped out in the kids' classes, and even taught a few. There were seminars and road trips, projects and parties. It's been a full 14 months!

Starting last October (2012) I seemed to have a never-ending string of health problems: I injured my shoulder taking a roll in an awkward way. A bad cold turned into weeks of bronchitis, followed by gout in my right foot. At some point during all of this my neck and upper back muscles seized up and caused trouble for the radial nerve to my left arm.I was finally able to train fully just in time to get busy preparing for my exam.

While I have enjoyed training, it's also been a painful year. Ukemi, the aspect of Aikido I am most dedicated to, the part of the practice where I find the most value, and where I need most to improve, was also the most difficult for me to access. I watched a lot of my friends grow and progress throughout the year, and felt left behind. I recently had a good conversation with Sensei about this, and am looking forward with renewed enthusiasm to focusing more on improving my ukemi.

It's been a time of changes and new opportunities. Even the time will be changing tonight. Longer days and warmer weather are coming. Everything is looking brighter. I can't wait for Monday night's classes!
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RSS Feed 4 Responses to "Happy New Year (kinda)"
#4 03-11-2013 02:19 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thank you, Mary. :-) I'm excited about getting back to training tonight.
#3 03-11-2013 05:57 AM
HI Linda: I enjoyed your test. It was very long and wonderful. Congratulations! Thank you for posting it here.
#2 03-10-2013 11:37 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Thank you. :-) FYI, if anyone has 40 minutes to kill, here's the video of my exam: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U8O-13fWHPo It defaults to a lower resolution - you might want to select the 1080p(HD) setting (under the little gear icon).
#1 03-09-2013 09:18 PM
mathewjgano Says:
Happy New Year, Linda!

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