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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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  #18 New 08-31-2003 06:04 PM
Last Wednesday, we concentrated on a lot of Yokomenuchi Shihonage --- a pain to some of the guys, but not so much to me, perhaps because I am shorter or perhaps because I remember doing so much Shihonage with my first Sensei.

Our trip to Minneapolis has been extended due to my husband's work (we're down here until this Wednesday, though we had intended just to be here for the long weekend). Which means that we can only come in to train twice a week for two weeks in a row. I joked to Dave that Sensei will be so displeased about it that I'd may as well draw the "" faces next to our names on the attendence roster myself.

Though I didn't bring my dogi with me on the trip so I could visit other dojos (maybe next time!), I did bring along someone's copy of Miyamoto Musashi's "Book of Five Rings" from the dojo and I'm about 3/4 through it as we speak. So I've at least been keeping my mind active (even if my body hasn't been).

I'm finding that a lot of the strategies Musashi describes are ones that Sensei asks us to apply not only in bokken practice but in Aikido as well. Happily, I'm also reading a great deal about the martial spirit --- something which I feel strongly about and which I believe holds great importance in combat. And (this will come as no surprise to anyone) I am reading that for the most part, the skills of combat strategy (such as timing and intuition) can only be gained through practice and experience.
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