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Wow! I actually got a comment on my journal! People actually do read it!!! (Or at least skim through to see if there is anything vaguely interesting.)
Kelly Allen wrote:
I just wanted to mention to you what I did for a jo. I just went to the local lumber store and bought a peice of oak dowling and cut it to the proper length. I didn't need to finish it. It already had a nice smooth surface and slid well in the hands. I think I paid less than 10.00 for it. That was 2 years ago and it's still my jo.
That's a really good idea, Kelly! If I hadn't already bought the bo's then I bet we might have tried that. Bo's haven't come in the mail yet but soon, I expect.
I had sooooooooo missed Aikido while I was on vacation (came back Tuesday night) that I couldn't wait for Thursday's class! When it came though, I was soooo tired that I felt almost too tired to participate. I did participate in the class (of course) and soon I was wide awake and really enjoying myself!
Besides us and Amy, Mark, Jim, Peter, Larry, and Wayne were there and we had a good time. We did Yokemenuchi Shiho Nage and Yokomen with a technique that was a lot like an Ude but both of our hands were on uke's wrist (as if doing Shiho) so it was like the back Ude only the hands were like that. Don't know if I'd ever done that technique/variation before and it had a name that I didn't recognize it and don't remember now.
Saturday's class (8-7-04)--- I must still on California time a little bit because it's been taking me a long time to get to sleep every night but instead of being able to sleep in, I keep waking up really early and not able to go back to sleep. Friday night was no exception but I didn't feel too tired at first. I was very surprised that Mark came! He hasn't been able to make it most Saturdays. Peter, Jim, & Mr. Larry were also there. Mr. Larry said that he finished teaching the secrets of Aikido the two weeks we were gone (LOL!) and he didn't have a real plan of what to do today so after the opening bokkens and kokkyus, we started off with Shomenuchi Ikkyo ura then omote and moved onto Yokomenuchi Irimi Nage (20 year version). My current problem with Irimi Nage is that I don't move in deep enough and I have trouble getting uke's balance. This time, I had trouble because I kept moving in TOO deep and had a hard time doing the technique and being too far away. I was glad when we moved on to Kotegieshi (sp?) and Kokkyus. Enjoyable class. I got frustrated a few times and I was glad when class was over simply because I was tired and running out of energy (needed to eat something). However, I was very glad I was there.