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Have you ever had one of those training experiences when your nage sends you in one direction, then quickly redirects, then you're down, then up and you're thinking 'Okay, throw me already.'?
Well this has been my week at school. Academic records somehow lost at the registrar's office, volunteers flaking on committments, beurocrats blindsiding, and high-maintenance students not realizing that they can't change a set schedule because they want to party that night instead.
My one repreive, my one escape, better than sake, better than ice cream, is the chance to train. So it's not as often as I want, but the group I train with is tempered with a great variety of attitudes, and physical personalities. This week I got to work with a beginner who was familiar enough with his body and conscious enough to pick up direction, that we could improvise a little. Very little, but still it was fun. At another point I watched an 'aha' moment when a student made their own correction on their own forward roll and you could see the 'Hey, I did it' on their big smiley face.
Very cool stuff.
So I think I do use Aikido as escapism, in answer to the question on a recent thread, but I think pulling myself out of the apathetic, sometimes antipathetic world allows me to take a break, readdress my worldly challenges, and step back into the same world with a slightly more aiki attitude. I'm not perfect, but I strive to implement blending even through a multitude of turbulants.