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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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  #149 New 10-13-2004 09:22 PM
Man, is it ever good to get back on the mats again.

Portland was simply beautiful, but I didn't get out to a dojo there after all due to having to spend so much time on a report for work (!)...I didn't feel too bad about it, since it turned out that the Sensei I was hoping to train under was away in Japan the whole time I was there. There'll be other times.

After I got back, it's been a week of utter hell --- emotionally exhausting, if nothing else --- so getting to focus, really focus, on something as all-consuming and physical as keiko was certainly much-needed catharsis at the very least.

So what better way to welcome me back on the mats after my little hiatus than with running me through my Yonkyu test? Actually, it wasn't too bad --- Sempai Jeff (who's subbing for Sensei while he's recovering from some minor surgery) thought it looked good...despite how I initially blanked on Sankyo in Suwari Waza (!) of all things, and still need to work on Gokkyo and Shomenuchi Koshinage since we've only done each of those once.

Really, I can't complain. Neither can my body, surprisingly. You'd think that after being away for a couple of weeks it would make a huge difference, but go figure. Ukemi of all kinds feels really good; so did Randori at the end of class. With the latter I feel much more intense, interestingly enough. Much more with-it. Like I'm not so afraid of hurting the guys anymore. I hope we do more Randori with Tanto again soon; I heard that they haven't done it in a while. I really want to focus on it more, since I don't feel confident that I'd be able to hold my own against a knife in real life. At least not yet.

I'm going to get back into the old daily routine of atemi and kicking practice, and resistance training each morning...and especially work more on my grip. No use trying to do a technique if I can't keep a good hold on what I'm doing --- gotta be realistic, after all, and take into account that uke is going to try to get out of it.

I feel like I'm gearing up for something big, something that I need to be even stronger for. Time to get ready.
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