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I was going to take a couple more weeks off from the dojo but sensei talked me into coming to a few classes to help with showing the new students the basic techniques. It was a good class going through the basics like irimi and tenkan. and of course we started with ikkyu. I didn't do ukemi aside from going down on one knee. it was fine for what we were doing.
I'm looking forward to taking ukemi again. I felt left out watching the senior student taking all the falls. I felt like a big playful dog watching kids play from my kennel. All I could do was wag my tail. Soon my back will be better and all will be normal in the dojo again. For me anyway.