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Terry Donaghe's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 09:40 AM
Terry Donaghe
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Status: Public
Entries: 36
Comments: 5
Views: 74,857

In General 24th Practice Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 01-04-2005 01:56 PM
No, I haven't quit my Aikido journey. I've just been too lazy to post here. Sunday I went to my 24th practice and I feel like I'm finally, slowly beginning to understand a lot more things. My ankle has hardly bothered me at all, though I still wear my brace. Every time I think about taking it off, I have a moment in class when I feel a tiny twinge of pain from my ankle and I decide to keep it on for another week or two. I don't think it's hurting my practice though.

I've begun noticing some of the physical changes that aikido is doing to me. I have finally developed some biceps after a lifetime of little arms. My chest and shoulders are showing improvements as well. I haven't lost much weight, but I am in probably the best shape I've been in in at least 10 years (which still isn't much to brag about). I'm very happy with my Aikido experience so far.

My wife, Lindsay, is now an Aikido beast. She's decided she's going to test for 5th kyu in February and I think that's fantastic. My original plan was to do the same, but since I missed three months due to my ankle, I want to wait until August to test. I really enjoy training with her. I call her the queen of nikkyo. She's also much more precise in making sure that she is doing each technique properly than even some of my 4th and 5th kyu partners.

Once again I'll say - if you're wondering whether or not Aikido is something you can do, I'm living proof that a very uncoordinated, clumsy person can at least have a really great time doing it - and I think I've improved a lot since I started.
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