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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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One of your Favorites! In General Gokkyu (A Retrospective), aka WOOHOO! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #106 New 03-01-2004 02:47 PM
[I've been keeping track and writing this thing for about a year now, and I guess now's finally the time to finish it. ]

From the very beginning, I've been trying to pay very close attention to detail. Every nuance of Sensei's moves is deliberate, and I need to continue catching the patterns in his movements. Slowly, I feel as though I am piecing together a very intricate puzzle bit by bit...

So what have I learned so far?

- To listen to my body. That if a technique feels awkward or I feel even slightly off balance, I'm doing something incorrectly and need to make an adjustment.

- To have faith in myself. I can get carried away by feelings of self-doubt, and I keep forgetting that inherently, my body knows how to move (as alluded to above) and what to do if I just listen to it.

- To breathe. I mean, really breathe --- to pay attention to my breathing, which is not only relaxing, but gets me completely centred and focused in the moment.

- That it's not about perfection --- it's about who and where I am right now. And that in itself is pretty darn awesome. I always keep looking back, thinking, "it could have been so much better" --- and really, it always could be. But you know what? It's a long haul, but it *will* only get better. (Thanks Carolynne!)

Stats/Little Milestones as of 02/28/04:

Training w/current dojo since - January 8, 2003

Number of classes - 205?

Number of days extra training on the weekend - 5

Number of seminars attended - 2

Number of other dojos visited while travelling - 2

Number of classes at other dojos as visitor - 3

Total number of hours training - Who knows?

Number of journal entries - 95

Number of hours of remedial massage - 4.5

Number of scrapes and bruises - Inumerable. Heck, my whole body feels just like one giant bruise sometimes

Number of times my massive Yonkyo bruises freaked someone out - 2

Number of times toes got all banged up - Never stopped to count

Number of bloody noses - 1.0

Number of other females who joined the dojo briefly and left - 3 *sniff* :0(

Number of times that the first thing someone said when I told them I practice Aikido was, "Oh! Like Steven Segal!" - 2
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#2 03-02-2004 11:35 AM
jducusin Says:
Thanks Kelly --- though I don't know if I'd say "no one"... Hope to get some stuff up on the seminar soon. BTW, any luck with your PM? I'm wondering if I shouldn't just e-mail you the reply already...here's mine for you: jdgaden@hotmail.com
#1 03-02-2004 09:35 AM
Kelly Allen Says:
Congratulations Jamie! All that hard work pays off. From what I can see no one works harder than you. Kelly
 




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