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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General The Infamous "No Pain, No Gain Tally" for July 4th Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #142 New 07-11-2004 10:11 PM
Pains:

- The usual aches of my "nikkyo wrist" and big toe (from that old sprain) --- thankfully, I've been on the cancellation list with a nearby physiotherapist and was recently informed that they have a space for me this coming week

- Getting clocked in the middle of the forehead quite sharply as Sensei's training partner during Jo practice (which he attributed to having switched over to a different length of Jo than he was used to); so I've got this bump just above the eyebrow that still hurts to touch it or raise my eyebrows --- ha!

- Not having the time, or the inclination to write in my journal daily this week...is it apathy? Is it frustration? Is it simply that I recognize that I don't have anything valuable to say, and instead of wasting bandwidth, I've decided to spare you all the grief of reading yet another useless journal entry? Perhaps it's a little bit from Column A, a little bit from Column B...it's all a woven tapestry.

Gains:

- I honestly wish I could cite something tangible, but I can't. Suffice it to say, I think I'm in a bit of a rut. I'm sure that in the long run, I'll see some big difference in my technique and performance, just like everyone else says, but for the time being, I fail to observe anything noticeable or significant enough to mention. It feels rather depressing, to be quite honest. But I manage to plug along, and train just as much as usual (4 days a week) despite being so busy at work that I realize this is quite a luxury.

- I'm not quite sure if this is really a "gain" per se, but something that has at the very least raised some questions for me. Injury has led me to consider whether or not I should go back to being more serious and stoic on the mats. When I first started, I was so darn stonefaced, Sempai Jeff was constantly telling me, "Smile!"...sigh...you're damned if ya do, damned if ya don't, it seems. On the one hand, it's good practice to work through pain and ignore it to continue training --- at least from the standpoint of preparing for such a likelihood in a real-life combat situation (you can't just stand there nursing yourself, you have to keep fighting); and on the other hand, we want folks to disclose their injuries in the dojo so as not to worsen them. It's quite the toss-up...any and all sage advice you gurus out there wish to impart is welcome.
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