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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 The Best Valentine's Day, Ever. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #197 New 02-15-2006 11:28 AM
I don't know about you, but I spent my Valentine's Day on my back. :-P Literally.

We did more diverolls last night. I think Sensei was wanting to see where we're at with these, since the Gasshuku and demonstration is coming up this weekend. We started with two-person diverolls and worked our way up to four. Up to this point, I had only ever tried and successfully completed diving over three (envision, if you can, that the victims --- er, ukes --- are side-by-side on their knees). So the time comes to do four and naturally, I just *have* to try it.

On the first try, I snag myself on the person on the end and land straight, flat and excruciatingly hard on my back. Man, did I ever wang it bad. Groaning in agony, I force myself up, eyes watering in pain. The guys are staring, concerned. Sensei and I both tell them to continue.

When my turn rolls around again, I hesitate for only a moment to take a deep breath and prepare. I wasn't about to let it end like that. I took a fast, running start and cleared all four with seeming ease. Coming out of the roll, I shoot my fists up into the air in silent joy at the success that I had just paid for, tenfold.

Believe me, I had to dig deep for that one and my back hurts like a SOB today, but it was worth it. I was going to do it even if it killed me. Afterwards, Sensei remarked that to be fair, were the majority of the other guys (who are upwards of 6' tall) made to deal with a distance proportional to them, they would have to diveroll over eight people to equal my four. To steal a phrase from a fellow Aikidoka friend, four-person diverolls can lick my sweaty gi pants.
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