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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 Hiatus? Eek...just a few weeks to test time Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #97 New 01-27-2004 08:36 AM
Due to a death in the family, I'll be in the Philippines until February 13th...I'm bringing my Gi along just in case, but so far I haven't found (at least on the 'Net) a dojo in San Fernando, La Union (where my family is from) --- there's at least one in Baguio (an hour away) and loads in Manila (5 hours away) --- keeping my fingers crossed.

I guess I'm a little apprehensive about being away for so long; by the time I get back, it will only be another two weeks until the seminar in Saskatoon and my Gokkyu test...on the one hand, if I find a dojo, I can keep things up, right? It could also be a bit of catharsis (or perhaps even more, a kind of escapism), which I need right about now. On the other hand, depending on the school I find, what kind of bad habits might I pick up from them, pre-test? (After all, I've only been training for a little over a year --- not long enough, I suspect, to have developed many good habits...)

Sigh...maybe I'd better just stick to going through kata over and over in my head like always. I've printed off a list of the Gokkyu test requirements and have been using this to run through everything with my own imagination. In this, I've found that my own imagination is still not sufficient; there are still techniques that I have trouble picturing from start to finish --- I guess we could chalk this up to my lack of experience as well. I know Sensei recommended going through the kata physically on your own, but from my miserable attempts at this in the past [see: "Solo Saturday Keiko" - 11-24-2003] I wonder how effective this will be for me, and if it might even compound the bad habits I already have...

I wonder how many thousands of reps of doing a technique it will take before I can actually remember it completely from start to finish in my own imagination and be able to actually do it alone as a kata without a partner? I wonder if it's not too late to start counting now?
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