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or: the Seven Samurai
ah hahahahahaha!!! *cough*
Hello. Did ya miss me?
On Wednesday night we took our first official step towards 1st Kyu gradings. There's going to be 5 of us making the jump with two people as chief Ukes.... Damn it's going to be a hectic 18 months or so. Sorry make that 9 months... eep!
L sat us all (by 'us all' I mean 'four of seven' as three peeps weren't there!) down and we had a big long speach about all of us or none of us, no man left behind, honesty in dealing with strengths and weaknesses and something about carrots.
So... seven members of the club bound up in our next external grading. I was so excited I was just hugging myself. oooh! it's going to be so much fun and a proper goal to aim for and all that good stuff.
My main problems as pointed out by L (and agreed with completely by yours truely) was weak Ukemi and having a centre that's up around my ears.
D has contributed his copy of "The Barefoot Doctor's Handbook for the urban warrior" to my sanity fund and it is brilliant!! Finally I've got something about Taoism and meditation and getting a grip on my "inner street brawls" and my non-centred-centre.
sooo, for once this might actually become an Aikido Diary rather than a string of neurosis and boasting about other Martial Arts I've tried. Although whilst we're on that subject I attended a Kali Seminar last weekend. Brilliant stuff! Too scarey for me though, once was enough.