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Training for second kyu. I am seriously thinking about asking Sensei to give me another year.Shomenuchi Ikkyo Omote. Every test it gets Harder.Every test theres more stuff to think about and then forget about thinking about. I get up to demo, Do it again. Do it again. Do it Again.
At least he hasn't yet told me I'm being too brutal, considering how angry I am these days its surprising. Funny, I took up a martial art because I had a lot of anger and learned that you really cannot apply anger energy to aikido. Kinda defeats the Purpose!
Suwariwaza. OY VEY. First, lets call me up to demo uke. Then lets practice for a while, and then lets call me up to demo nage while everybody else rests their knees. And then lets do the ura...my toes hurt and its only just begun
sez Janet:but (to quote myself) you suck at a higher level now!
And to give myself *some* credit, the dojo was still full of paint fumes and I know that they were affecting me. And my ukes were pretty much all white belts,I did one of the suwariwazas with an 11-year-old who anticipated the defense and positions herself "correctly",and the guys are basically bricks...
I'm just not certain that I can give Sensei what he is Looking For on this one.
Janet:hmm. I say, trust the process, don't think about 'what he is Looking For", just train/prep cos the way aikido plateaus/spurts, there is plenty of time for growth/breakthrough between now and test time.
from Ghostcat, who just made Sandan in Oz:
Do it again.
Do it again.
Ten laps of the dojo with Monica on your back.
Now do it again.
That's a bit better.
For two hours.
With ukes that you're afraid of breaking.
You know what Sensei wants to see.
You know how you want it to feel.
Why do you keep fucking up?
Why do you feel so sucky.
Do it again.
Do it until you can hardly move.
TRY to breathe.
Alright just wheeze.
Do ikkyo from lockdown by a sandan.
No, do it.
Sensei's gonna rails at the black belts.
He's pissed they didn't show.
He's gonna get them together tomorrow night.
And you're gonna do the WHOLE GRADING AGAIN!!!
Think about quitting.
You NEVER quit.
Get whiney. Get mad.
Just get there and do it again.
Break your finger.
Believe in yourself.
You know that Sensei does,
they all do.
Think about what you need to work on.
Get back on the mats.
You know you love it.
Is training really doing the same thing over and over?
To me, the beauty is that it ISN"T.
Oh, the form or kata or ideal might be, but what I notice or work on or how uke attacks or .... pick a variable...is different each time AND with each one I've changed.
So it's not the same thing.
Either that or I'm deluding myself and AM insane :-)
me:it is and it isn't.
I could do tai no henko for an hour and every one would be an adventure in discovery
until Sensei is watching. At which point my observing mind goes right out the window!
Ghostcat:I wholeheartedly agree that aikido isn't doing the same thing over and over... but a large part of my grading was doing the same techniques over and over. Largely because I was doing them incorrectly and Sensei had me "do it again" until he was happy with my execution of the technique
me:I wholeheartedly agree that aikido isn't doing the same thing over and over... but a large part of my grading was doing the same techniques over and over. Largely because I was doing them incorrectly and Sensei had me "do it again" until he was happy with my execution of the technique
which was my point to begin with.
this is not about "training" this is about Test training.