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Weekend before last, my family and I went to San Diego and visited Sea World, the zoo and the Wild Animal Park. At the Zoo and Wild Animal Park I noticed that it was no big deal at all for me to go up all of the steep hills. In fact I ran up a lot of them racing my 8 year old son. It's a great feeling to be in so much better shape than before.
Yesterday in class, Lindsay (my wife) wore a hakama for the first time. Now that she's ranked she's expected to wear a hakama in class. We didn't even know this was a requirement, but apparently some traditionalists feel that it is proper, and we don't really have a problem with it. Either way, it was amusing to watch her try to figure out how to do techniques wearing all that extra fabric. I'm also a bit jealous because by the time I get to wear a hakama (10, 15 years?) she'll be an old pro. It's all good, and I'm proud of how well she's doing.
We did lots of front ukemi stuff yesterday and I didn't do too bad. I feel like I'm getting better and better, just very slowly. I've heard that lots of people have a favorite side for doing front ukemi and I'm no exception. Doing rolls feels just fine on my left side, but it just feels horribly wrong on my right side. I still do the roll ok (more or less) but going into it just feels wrong. I think the solution is about a million more rolls on my right side. I'll get right on it.
The next few months is going to be tough for me and aikido. My son starts playing baseball games this week. All of his games fall on aikido days. I'm guessing that since class is an hour and a half, sensei won't mind terribly if I'm a little late. It sucks doing aikido without stretching out first though. We'll see. Busy busy busy.