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Long time since I last posted. A year ago I was going to start doing aikido, but i dislocated my shoulder quite badly. I'm somewhat better now. So I'll continue where I left off.
So I've had the pleasure of going to aikido twice this semester. Boy has it been fun.
Once a week classes are unfortunate, however. Practicing at least 3 times per week is ideal, and it is hard to feel like you are growing at only once a week. It is significantly worse when you are sleep deprived, however. My concentration was lacking this past friday. I'm gonna have to make a point to get more sleep.
I'm loving aikido regardless of the training frequency. Aikido techniques have a very appealing nature to me. As a former jujutska and karateka, I find my work cut out for me as uke.
Allow me to explain. To me, ukemi is receiving any technique with the body to minimize any injury, and also keep my self in a safe position. Aikido practice is letting me learn that harmonizing is an effective element in ukemi. Patrick and to a lesser extent Nathan who take ukemi when Nelson is explaining something have a curious habit of trying to stick their ear up to Nelson's heart. I found this significantly diminishes the strength of certain techniques, and I have been applying them liberally. I have a lot to learn with regards to ukemi.
I would like to test for Rokyu at a seminar with Rob Liberti or Gleason Sensei this semester.