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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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In General Back in the saddle, yet again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #171 New 03-15-2005 03:40 PM
Back on the mats last night after a week's hiatus due to yet another blasted cold. Figured that the guys wouldn't appreciate my spreading my germs all over the mats, even if I did start feeling a little better later in the week (better safe than sorry). Seems that it must be going around, since I wasn't the only one away for a week for the very same reason. I'm pretty well fed up with these darn things --- I was just saying to folks that I've never had so many colds within such a short period of time. Normally, I'd get sick maybe twice a year, but I swear --- as of late, it's been more like six times within the past six months. The theory is that it's stress-related. Whatever the case, I'm getting it checked out, because this is just crazy.

Mondays are always a good way of easing back into the swing of things since we do a bit of Bokken and Tae Sabaki. We've also been throwing in (no pun intended) a couple of rounds of Randori at the end, which has been a nice way of mixing things up a little. Last night, we did it with Tantos...usually, this is the bane of my existence but largely thanks to Sensei's reminders to Tenkan, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I think my Randori is actually getting a little better these days, but I know I should shut up about it "before Murphy starts listening".

Poor Sascha got it bad in the solar plexus while being demo uke for Sensei and pretty well doubled over onto the mats --- I've never seen anyone go so red in the face in so short a time before. Of course, this didn't stop Sempai Tim from having a bit of fun at Sascha's expense later on. Tim and I we were doing a bit of improvising with one exercise, throwing in different variations (namely, Yonkyo) and having a grand old time of it torturing each other when Tim decides to ask Sensei something while he's throwing Sascha around on the other side of the room. Of course, we all know that the minute you ask Sensei about something --- good teacher that he is --- he's going to demonstrate it on whoever happens to be close at hand.

So here's Tim with a devilish gleam in his eye asking, "Sensei, you can do Yonkyo with this too, right?", Sensei wailing away at Sascha with one of his infamously painful Yonkyo's and little old me just laughing and laughing.

Ah, good times.
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