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well Wednesday class...
What can I say ... it was a little different than normal as a different teacher took the warm up.
I am a watcher,I see a lot. This teacher was one of those guys who wants to be Japanese but is not.He wants to be known as the enlightened one, but is not.He wants to have the dojo presence like the angry hakama guy, but doesn't. This pains him greatly so he passes this over to anyone who trains with him.
We started the warm up with turns slapping our arms on our sides then we moved forward and backward shouting japanese. I knew this was not favored as i looked over to all the other hakama wearers and saw the look on their faces, not amused!!
We then sat seiza and did nikajo and others then he saw knuckles face and we then shook our hands above our heads for around five minutes.
why I truly have no clue but I was bored and noticed small hooks above the Aikido shrine, good to know for future reference.
We then did Heaven and earth throw.
a weird turning throw where the uke ended up with his arms crossed and thrown to the floor.
Then I had to train with Kickboxer guy!...ohh dear!
He slammed me into the mat like he was trying to plant me there or something!
I hurt today so bad...
The last part of the training was with 3 people practicing some entering technique and i had the displeasure of training with African guy who hates every one else but himself.
After class i sat and thought, then I realized that this Dojo has a truly sorry lot.
Many of then thinking that they are superior because they wear a Hakama or they have practiced longer. I and the other newcomers feel that the new starts are there to be shunned and pitied and sorry faced trained with out of pity for their lack of movement and technique.
I noticed when the teacher showed a technique that the Hakama gang would lean back and pick another hakama wearer to train with before we had to chose partners.
I am now noticing a lot of sad things, but I carry on training and put up with the BS of the Dojo and the BS politics that go with it.
I know this sounds like a angry post but actually it helps me deal with it.
I had a good lesson overall better technique and i learned some other nifty things.