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Well, after close to six months of pain, rehab, no practice...I think I'm ready for some steady mat time. I'm starting off with one practice per week, then building up from there. I trained before the new year at the Boulder Aikikai (that was a great time), at the Doshinkan Hombu New Year's celebration (got to teach a little and do a little free-style demo) and did a thousand sword cuts last night to open the New Year at the Homeikan. So far, the knee gets better every time I practice, so I think its ready for some more sustained exercise.
Did some freestyle after class last night with one of the strong karate guys...now that was fun! Miss training with my buds there. The training in Boulder was great, but my smokey lungs had trouble the last hour and a half handling the thin air. whew! But I had great partners, and would love to train there again. I'm really looking forward to training there again sometime. If any of the folks I trained with there see me online, I hope they'll drop an email so we can get to know each other better. Thanks to Jun for getting me situated!
Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year!