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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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  #183 New 06-19-2005 06:03 PM
After almost two weeks of non-stop rain, it was with a great deal of joy that we were able to finally do the weapons work in the park that we had been looking forward to for some time.

Though it was just me, Sempai Jeremy and Sensei, we had a good time of it --- working on all of the kata (13, 22, and 31-step) and some exchanges (the paired 13-step). At first, it took some time getting used to the (rather unexpected) disorientation that Jeremy and I seemed to experience --- forgetting steps and movements we had done plenty of times before while immersed in a completely new environment --- having to deal with all of the distractions you don't ever have in the dojo: the glare of the sun, the resistance of the wind, the different feel of the terrain. After a little bit of time, thankfully, we both got into the groove of things and performed more consistently. Naturally, the change in environment was no skin off Sensei's nose.

We ended things by doing a bit of empty hand (non-falling) Randori with striking/countering exchanges and sticky-hand/pushing. Of course, without walls to worry about, this ranged all over the place.

All in all, a wonderful experience --- the cool breeze upon you beats any airconditioning in a stuffy dojo, bar none. I do hope we do more of this in future, particularly in different kinds of environments in order to become further acclimated to recalling technique, reacting instinctively and adapting to one's surroundings regardless of wherever that might be.
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