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Well I got stripped yesterday. Sensei Jamie stripped my belt to show my new rank! With each passing class I feel like the world is being revealed to me. Most of my sempai have a way of saying just the right thing at just the right time, or of beating sense into my head until I see what they are saying. I am touched by them all.
At this point the techniques of yesterday's class are a bit of a blur, but the lessons stay. I can still feel the techniques, not in a bad way. My muscles still want to do them.
I received a compliment while I was out at the bar for the gig. One of our former guitarists stopped by to jam with us. He said that it looked like I'd been working out. Thank you Aikido! That's the only excersice I get on a normal basis. And our keyboardist said that I didn't have much of a spare tire. How sweet. Eh, it's nice to know that the excersice is paying off. Everytime I think about slowing down for the sake of conserving energy I remind myself that part of the reason I'm there is for the workout!