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I think last time I wrote an entry I was a forth kyu ... I am now shodan My word, just shows that hard work and dedication can actually get you some where. Shame it does not relate so smoothly to the work place ...
Had a little shot at teaching on Monday night, the guys seemed to enjoy what I did. Was very make it up as I went along, my intention for the first technique evolved into something when my uke ended up in a totally different place than I intended, but it was all good and on a whole better ...
On a side note if anyone knows of a good dojo in Milan Italy (I did the dojo search; I want a recommendation), PM me as I would like to go and see a friend but want somewhere to train should she be busy working late or something ...
It has been a long time since I posted anything! I have deleted a lot of the old entries because I felt like it.
I have spent a lot of time recently thinking how much my life has changed or moved on since I turned up an hour early for my first class (those who know me know I still do that) in a t-shirt and trackie bottoms on that mild April evening. I have a responsible well paid job, I have friends and I am a lot happier in myself. Is it because of any one reason? Can't say!
All I know is I am now thirty years old and not nearly as scared and / or angry as I once was. I was talking to a friend on the side of the mat the other week discussing that aikido training is a lot like life.
No matter how many times or how hard you get knocked down the true strength comes in when you can get back up and to keep smiling.
A little while ago I was told that somebody in my office really could not stand me and given the choice the would rather work with someone else. My initial response was to go round to that individual and throw them head first off the tallest part of the office building , but because we live in a world with consequences and I quite like my job (most of the time) I resolved it was my approach that was askew rather than my personality. I went back into the office the following Monday and not saying a word about what I had heard I realigned to relationship through openness and a lot honest smiles. As a result I received feedback at a recent 360 revi