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Have been to the aforementioned Kung Fu class.
It now hurts every time I breathe, which is a new and exciting development. Worth every wince though. It will be interesting to see how I get on in Aikido tonight.
To misquote Forrest Gump, "Martial arts are like a box of chocolates... in reverse." They appear different from the outside but when you look a bit closer there are moves and philosophies at the centre that are very similar. Already I can see one of the guards/blocks looks very much like Ikyo.
The best thing is, I can feel my centre lowering already. There are times when I've been convinced I've had ear trouble, my sense of balance is so bad!
I managed to whack my Iaido Instructor on the hand with a boken (beginners luck!). Spent last night throughly confused, getting help from two students who were off the mat to one side. Them "right foot back" ,"turn left","diagonal cut", Me "wha...?", "oh dear", "oops".
And can I just say (to whoever runs this site) I love the halloween Kanji on the homepage.