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At the dojo Monday night,
we were warming up to get it right.
First ukemi, I went to roll,
no questions asked, insane groin pull.
I stood right up, my face without cheer
a new injury two days before the New Year.
I was disappointed and shocked,
would I be mocked?
Everyone knows I am injury prone,
even so, I hate stretching on the mat alone.
Over comes the head Yondan,
he agrees its best to rest, not carry on.
What happens next made me realize,
that everything would be ok as always, not to my surprise.
All aikidoka, one by one,
came to make sure I was ok after the warm up was done.
Use ice! Use heat!
I had this injury myself, its not something you can't beat!
You'll be on the mat again in no time you will see!
Here, let me give you the info for this chiropractor and this PT!
Everyone wanted to help and advise,
and why should this surprise?
This is the foundation of Aikido,
so, Kohai, arise!
The very next day I decided to see,
an International Taekwondo Champ turned DPT.
If any therapist could relate to the martial arts side of me,
well...certainly it would be he.
He said, Why do you need physical therapy? What are your goals?
I reply, To be a good student, to be on the mat, and painlessly roll.
We began immediately and now I can say,
I found what I will cross-train in for 2015 each and every day.
Future injuries get in line, I am not leaving the mat.
I am sidelined, but only for a time.