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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 It's a lot like dancing...in the dark. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #201 New 03-10-2006 12:02 PM
Due to a fire in the building next door, the power was out at our dojo last night. There was just enough daylight left to do an extended Beginner's class filled mostly with the short-range defenses we'll often do on Mondays and Saturdays. After about an hour and a half, you could barely make out the figures in front of you and we had no choice but to call it an early night.

It was definitely a challenge, as our visibility slowly dimmed, to keep pace with each strike (mostly hooks to the temple and straight punches to the stomach). Not surprisingly, I got clipped in the ear a couple of times and it would often come down to a matter of feel to avoid getting struck by what to me (with my poor eyesight as it is) looked liked swift blurs in the darkness.

In any case, despite its brevity, it was good practice --- the kind which I wouldn't mind replicating again and again for obvious, practical reasons. I know, I know. It's either that I'm always in the dark, or that I'm always fighting shadows. ;-)
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to "It's a lot like dancing...in the dark."
#2 03-18-2006 05:22 PM
jducusin Says:
I'm sure it has helped improve everyone's awareness a great deal. All the best to you! - Jamie
#1 03-15-2006 10:45 AM
mriehle Says:
We always at least dim the lights for our adult classes. I'm not really sure where this started, but I continue the tradition. It's almost funny how I relax a little when kids classes are over and I turn off the lights for the adult classes.

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