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Despite the milder day we had in Chicago, the dojo was like a sauna last night. I had originally planned to stay for all three classes but my feet and my soaked gi couldn't make it to the third.
I had a lot of trouble learning the tai sabaki for the movements in the second class. Since the class was being taught in an additive way, if you don't get the movements during the first exercise, you're way off for the rest of class. Thankfully during a few of the final techniques I was grouped with Kirsten, a yudansha who is one of the best teachers I've met. She has this intuition about body movements and is quite good at coaching me through just about anything.
We ended with renzoku kokyudosa. The funniest thing after all the students lined up for the final bow was how you could see the shimmering patches of sweat on the mats in groups of four, spread out like four-leaf clovers around the dojo.
As much as I want to train again tonight, my feet aren't feeling up to it so it's time to relax. I've been using Arnica gel and cream quite a bit because I don't like taking pills, but I think I might need to augment that with some herbs. The arches of my feet aren't happy, and everybody knows that a good house needs a good foundation.