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Well as I was feeling a lot better I also went on Thursday and arrived nice and early as usual and rang the bell and waited for the door to open.
The little Jui Jutsu guy opened the door for me and I went in and got changed.
The Jiu Jutsu class has grown quite a lot and I am surprised as this is not for me but I guess i am 100% Aikido all the way and do not get the feel for Jiu Jutsu.
I got changed and waited to see who would turn up for Aikido and was met by Paddy (Welsh Guy) Brown Belt (Jos) and René did not turn up as he had a neck injury from the last class (Old Basket ball injury?).
We played around with some break boards that Brent had brought and I demonstrated the "Wing Chung one inch punch" on the black break board just to show that it can work!
So Brent asked that I take the warm up, to my horror as I cannot for the life of me remember it! Don't know why!
He then went on to say we where doing "Koshi nage" as this is one of his favourites and we need it as grading is coming up!
The first technique is from a Push and you turn, enter and throw from the hips. I thought it was ok and kind of got the jist of what I was "Supposed" to do and how it should be done!
Then the second was from the pull, same kind of principal! yet you step in!
I remembered a saying "Soft controls hard, hard controls soft.If pulled push, if push turn"
We did this all lesson and also i noticed why some techniques don't work and that is that I am 6" 4 inches tall and when I do techniques with some one smaller I need to adjust to their size as my techniques won't work on smaller guys!!
At the end of the class I was asked to bring in a passport photo as I need this for my licence!
I thought about this all weekend (As I am filling this out on Monday) and I am confused!
I pay Brent Sensei 50 Euros a month to train me three times a week (Expensive I know but he is a good teacher for me)
Yet I also pay on top of that around 80 Euros a year to pay into the Shinkendo Federation? Why? What do I get from this?
I ALSO have to pay to get graded which is from 20 - 35 Euros depending on what I grade for! Why as I Pay the federation this, no ?
I am seriously thinking about NEVER Grading as I do not understand what I pay for!!!