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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #220 New 11-29-2006 09:31 AM
...at least that's what it feels like. Well, it must be six or seven weeks post-concussion now and in spite of the occasional momentary wave of nausea (which will often overcome me at rather inconvenient times, such as mid-conversation with others :-S ) things are very slowly getting back to normal. Or that's what I'm telling myself. The guys on the forums here weren't kidding about feeling tired. It's like I'm just now getting my energy back. And still, I have to pace myself.

I've started doing half the ukemi drills again (10 out of the 20 of each kind) and have finally been incorporating the occasional breakfall (say, one out of every 4 reps). Despite my classmates' concerns, it's not so much impact that is making me feel ill nowadays --- it's pivoting. I'll start doing a quick bout of tenkans in a technique or as a result of taking fast ukemi for Sensei and this hazy kind of dizziness will begin; at which point, I'll take a moment to rest or continue practicing slowly.

On the breathing front, my Asthma has greatly improved (or should I say, diminished?) since we picked up a HEPA air filter for the bedroom; I'm no longer wheezing in my sleep, and my peak flow readings have been consistently closer to my personal best (averaging 360-400 these days) than they've ever been. It's been weeks since I've had to use my inhaler. Thank God.

I've been keeping a Daily Training Log these days as well, keeping tabs on not only my peak flow, daily nutrition (meals and supplements), any strength and core conditioning I've been doing (to chart my progress --- grrrr!!!) and most importantly, logging notes on the Ikkyu test techniques (of which there are many). I figured that it would be the best way to not only ensure that I didn't neglect practicing anything (there are so many!)but also to make note of all the different versions (did I tell you there are a *heck* of a lot of them?) since the goal of this test will be "To apply and variate technique". The last thing I want to be is a one-hit-wonder, after all.

More to come later --- I've gotta blaze!
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