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is that he can take it (and even tells you how to make it MORE effective); when you're laying into him like he's just run over your cat. If there's one thing Aikido doesn't quite have it's the sparring/punch up aspect. All that non-confrontation stuff is good in a real situation but sometimes there is nothing that can replace a good thrashing in a controlled environment for keeping a girls sanity.
We were only doing a set 7 move pattern but it was great fun. I took a fair amount of punishment myself (partly from him doing the punches and partly from blocking incorrectly and getting my fingers bent back or my wrist crunched) so I was taking it as well as dishing it out!
Aikido on Wednesday was also good though. I took a white belt, who's going for his yellow belt, through his paces. L decided I should be his instructor for the night. I had a fairly easy ride of it as he's already of yellow belt standard easily but hopfully I gave him a few extra pointers. It was more of a challenge with T, one of our newest regulars. She kept turning the wrong way but I think I helped her as well. She's fierce with the pins mind which is great so long as she pays attention. Watch for the tapping out girl!
I think I prefer someone who you have to rein in (so long as they're not purposefully aggressive/destructive) to trying to get a bit of spirit out of someone who is constantly apologising or saying they can't do it, it just gives you something real to work with. Yes I know I'm BADLY guilty of the latter but I am improving! I try and recite a mantra in my head so that whenever I'm about to get snappy or depressed. I just keep repeating "I'm learning, I'm always learning" to drown out the ANTs (Automatic Negative Thoughts). I think I'm finally understanding the point of view of my Sensei! One of whom had his birthday yesterday.
Happy Birthday Roy!!!
I should get round to putting our club on the dojo list. I will have to ask if it's OK with them first!