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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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In Training Picking up the pace Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #15 New 08-25-2009 11:29 PM
This has been an intense couple of weeks. I've been at the dojo more often, have a mentor for my 6 kyu test, and I've been turned loose by my personal trainer with a set of core and shoulder exercises to do for the next few months. I'll be doing a weekend retreat in the mountains with the dojo in September - mostly weapons - and am really looking forward to that.

Through it all, I am determined to not only not neglect the other aspects of my life (home, critters, & work), but to do my best to complete projects, catch up on chores, and spend time with the beasties. It wouldn't be budo, you know, to let the rest of life fall apart. So far, so good.

I trained on Friday and Saturday, and then did a seminar on Sunday. The seminar was incredible. Not only was it plain fun and engaging, but it was the kind of experience that opens a crack in one's way of being, letting light shine on many things not directly addressed during those two hours. It's still sinking in, and will be for a long time. It's hard to put into words. I tend to think in images, and the image for this one is of hands lifting a little fish out of a tide pool and releasing it into the sea.

I'll be training 3 days a week for a couple of weeks (a lot for me), and working with my mentor after each class. I need to be spending a lot more time on the elliptical trainer, too, and remembering to breathe during jiyuwaza. I get way too winded.

I got called up for a demo for the first time today (figures it would be jiyuwaza ). Of course, the point of the demo was how to work with a lower level person without killing them. But still...

I did a few things passably well in the seminar, too, and there were no times when I was overwhelmed and lost. Occasional glimmers of low-level competence... Heck, I'll take em.

It's like doing a 50,000 piece puzzle, and getting a few pieces around one corner together. I can tell there's a picture in here somewhere. "Oh look, leaves!"
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#6 08-26-2009 12:24 PM
Shadowfax Says:
ouch if it was that much I would not be going to seminars either. Ive been fortunate the Mini wiht Heiney Sensei was very affordable and the one with Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan, in Oct ,is also very reasonable. Plus I have a wonderful dog siter who does not charge a lot. Linda I would so love to ride with Mark for a day! His clinics were a real eye opener for me.
#5 08-26-2009 11:01 AM
ninjaqutie Says:
I haven't had a chance to go to a seminar as of yet. They did have one a few weeks ago but it was $300 for four days, which isn't that bad, but when my husband and I both want to go... and you have to board a dog, it all adds up. WAH!
#4 08-26-2009 08:21 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Well said. :-) In fact, I find it a little disappointing to finish a jigsaw puzzle. I'm with you about seminars. Same with riding, and music. The 1st 4 days I rode with Mark Rashid improved my riding tremendously from that day forward. This seminar with Dave Goldberg Sensei gave me some ideas, but more important, feelings and sensations, I can access from now on.
#3 08-26-2009 06:16 AM
Shadowfax Says:
Seminars are the best! I really enjoyed the one I did last month even though a lot of what I saw is lost inside my head at the moment. Already making plans for the next one in October. The cool thing about the puzzle is that no matter how long you train I think you will never actually finish the picture. The fun is in the building.
#2 08-26-2009 01:07 AM
dalen7 Says:
cool stuff!
#1 08-25-2009 11:48 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
Actually, the first image I had was of someone getting a Roomba unstuck from a corner. But I like the little fishy one better. ;-) (Besides, somehow "Kohai" sounds like some kind of little fish to me.)

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