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Last night, was by far the toughest class I've had to deal with these days.
I started off with 100 push ups, 100 sit ups, 100 back extensions, 50 squats.
I was sore from the previous days work out, and felt like I had no strength left in me for class.
Every single technique throughout the class was impossible. No one could I throw, No technique could I perform.
Totally stuck, with everyone, with every attack.
I felt worthless by the end of the class, exhausted and spent.......
I have to admit, though, I was the only one that made the whole class with out having to take a rest......must be back in shape.
I had the most interesting conversation with Mike W. while he and Panda Conqueror were trying to catch their breaths after training with me.......
Can't remember the exact words, but Mike kind of asked me (because I couldn't perform a single technique on him) Is it OK for me to keep getting you.....
For my personal training and my personal Aikido, it's not how many times you get the technique, but how many times you fail.
If I get attacked 10,000 times and can truly perform the technique once, then for me that's great......why......truly because uke is attacking me.
It doesn't matter how long you've done Aikido, the only thing that truly matters is the moment. A beginner can perform the technique better than someone that has been doing aikido for 50 years, if he is there at the moment. Some people call it luck, some people call it "the zone", it's all the same to me.
Finally brings me back to the same question.....why am I really doing Aikido?
While I was in Japan, Kato Sensei would repeat, "Aikido is not about throwing." Sometimes I wonder, what it really is......