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I have been attending class now for two weeks. After two weeks I am really starting to get the feel for the movements. My roomate and I have been practicing on our own outside of class to help us learn quicker. Most everyone in our classes have been training for several years. This past Saturday we had a completely different teacher than we have ever had. He is the Sensei at the Kissimmee school. His name is Michael Kranz. Our Senei is Dan Linden who has a boxing background. Kranz Sensei has more of a Kung Fu background and had a lot different training techniques. For the first time since I have been in class we used weapons for attacks. The first attack was an overhead attack in which we deflected the attack and took the weapon away in one motion. We did several variations on this and it was fun to do something different. After an hour or so of these techniques everyone was getting really hot. It was close to noon on Sunday and the temp was getting close to 90. With the humidity also around 85 to 90 percent we had to take it a little easier. Sensei Linden came to class and changed our entire approach. We learned to defend a 5 punch attack that consisted of a left jab, a right cross, a left hook, a right uppercut and ended with a straight left. This was one of the first times during Aikido that I really felt i was comfortable. I was able to move and use all the things we have been doing for the last few weeks and end up placing the Uke on the ground face down while I applied an arm bar. Good Stuff.
Every class so far as been vastly different from the last. We always have different students coming. The heat this time of year is a huge factor in our training. I myself love to sweat and enjoy the challenge but I can see it takes its toll on all of us. Better to be safe in that environment. Class tonight should be a great time, can't wait to learn something new.