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...My family and everyone else in my city/state was very lucky that Hurricane Ivan turned at the last minute otherwise we would have been in big trouble! Some people here did have problems actually but that's nothing compared to what other people got. All that happened to us was a tree blew down in our backyard. Seeing pictures in the newspapers and on TV, it's very sad about the great destruction that Ivan did cause in the cities it plowed through. I hope all Aikidokas on this board who live in those places are safe and I hope all the people who suffered damage will get back on their feet as quickly as possible. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
I'm behind in my journal entries! I was going to catch up but then we left because of Ivan. I've gone a whole week without Aikido and I'm going through withdrawl! My mom and I did try to practice some Aikido when we were in the motel pool. It was difficult but very funny as we could hardly do anything to uke without dunking them underwater. We actually evacuated to San Antonio and I looked in the phone book for Aikido dojos and I was excited to find 3 definite places! Unfortunatly, we weren't able to visit any and we didn't have our gi's with us besides.
It was September 7th, 2 weeks ago where I'm starting off my catching up. Amy called me to say that she couldn't come to class because she had too much college work to do. I was sad she couldn't come but because there wasn't a single beginner in the class (first time in quite awhile), Mark took the opportunity to have a fast paced class doing Randori (multiple attackers/random techniques) in groups of 2 and 3. (Us, Mark, Larry, Peter, & Henry were there that night.) The technique level we were (trying) to do was 1st kyu and Shodan. Sometimes I did okay but other times my mind would go totally blank and I'd end up trying to do the same technique over and over again. I was Mark's uke for the whole class and I got pretty exhausted as I didn't get a chance to rest and the air conditioner wasn't cooling very well so we were very hot and dripping sweat everywhere! For about the 5th class in a row---I tried to tie my hakama and belt as tightly as I could but it was STILL starting to slip down a bit 5 minutes into class! I'm doing something wrong! Half way through the class, I finally pulled off my hakama and set it on a chair because it was starting to put me in danger of tripping. It was a good class and an exhausting workout. It also made me realize how long it had been since we've been able to have a class like this. I definitly don't mind the beginners classes though!
Thursday (Sept. 9th), I was proud of myself because that afternoon, I got a call from a guy asking for information about our dojo. My mom and I are officially the dojo contacts through e-mail and phone but that was the very first time I got to live up to telling somebody the correct information over the phone. I was also proud of myself because I drove across the river from home to the dojo for the very first time! It was quite stressful though.
Amy couldn't make it again and Mark wasn't there so Peter taught. The visitor just came to watch our class but we're not sure what he thought of it. Besides us and Peter, Jim, and Larry were there. I was Peter's uke for half of the class. (My hakama didn't fall down this time!) We did a lot of Kotegieshi but with practicing different falls. We finally got up to a Koshi Nage and ukes could either roll out of that or do a high breakfall. I did (or tried to do) several breakfalls and my right side was a little sore the next day. Because of all the fall practice, I thought it might have been a strange class for the 1 class a beginner might come to watch. Oh well.
That's all the updates I can think of. Can't wait until class tonight!
P.S. Why aren't my special smilies not working like they used to!