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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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In General Pain, sweet pain... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #56 New 11-01-2003 01:16 AM
...how I have missed you.

I wish our Internet connection were more reliable lately (we had made some drastic changes and a lot of bugs still need to be worked out) as I've been missing chances to post entries for a few training days, such as yesterday's class. Now for the life of me, I've forgotten what we did...Ah well, in keeping with "Randori philosophy", I'll just forget it and move on.

We did the ever-popular "kicking" defenses class tonight, hence the very explicit title. Folks don't generally look forward to this class --- they say the ukemi is awkward (which it is), and that being uke is painful (which it most certainly is). But either I'm unbelievably naive (or unbelievably masochistic --- maybe it's a bit of both), but I actually don't mind doing them...if only because we don't do them often and we really need the practice.

(Just as an aside, since the first kicking class I did a while back, I had been making a point of practicing my kicks along with my other atemi in the mornings --- I had only practiced kicking sporadically as an offshoot of being in Sikaran as a kid, and had never even done the "crescent kick" before; so compared to how I did this miserably during my first kicking class, I've noticed a marked improvement, especially on my "weaker" left side. Yay for me.)

After all, the likelihood of getting kicked in an actual combat scenario is a big thing to consider and for the sake of readiness, I'd rather be...well, ready. Besides, we just fuss over the pain because we're simply not as used to taking it down there as we do so often in the wrists and arms --- right? Of course, all this great bravado on my part is all well and good (not to mention easy to say) when you're *not* having ankle Yonkyo put on you.

Off to rub some comfrey ointment on my Yonkyo bruises now!
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