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Yeah, 2 weeks later and I went to my 4th practice. Why two weeks? I injured a muscle in my abdomen which hurt for 3 or 4 days and I could still feel it for about a week after that. I didn't want to aggravate it at all. I could have gone to practice on Sunday or Tuesday, but had family things going on both of those days.
Anyways, today's practice was the best yet! I don't think I've ever had this much fun doing a group activity! I smiled all the way home. Tonight I actually did techniques involving front rolls, all of which I at least attempted. I may have pulled off one or two, but I doubt it. Wonderful fun though. I pretty much participated in everything. It felt fantastic.
Sensei paired me up with a Japanese white belt. We both had a difficult time figuring out a particular technique (me much more so than him) so Sensei came and showed both of us how to do it by doing it to us. That was incredibly frightening, fun and educational all at the same time.
I still have a maddeningly difficult time remembering everything that I'm supposed to do, but I can tell that I am improving, however slightly. It is very gratifying when I figure out how to do something. It's a lot of fun to do back falls and front rolls. I don't think I got hurt tonight, and that's a great thing.
Toward the end of class, Sensei showed us some very simple Ki excersizes. They were amongst the first I've ever done. Amazing. Aikido is almost worth doing just for the Ki stuff alone.