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Too much inner chatter!
Ah, it's too hot, too cold
My knees hurt
My feet are cramping
What, suwari waza, again!
Fuck, that nikkyo really hurt!
Damn, that break-fall nearly killed me!
Where's my breath?
What happened to flowing and effortless?
What am I doing here?
Why won't he fall?
Why am I so tired?
How's my hair?
When will it end?
At some point it happens
Always forget when
Body humming, movement easier
Gi and body, a sweaty union
I sit in seiza
Complete in no-thought