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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Learning from Yudansha what Not to Do (aka the No Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #132 New 06-06-2004 11:43 AM
[Quote of the Day: "It may be that your sole purpose in
life is simply to serve as a warning to others."]

Well, it's been some time since I've been journaling on Aikiweb, but thankfully it's not because I haven't been to class --- quite the contrary, as I'm still out about 4 times a week and (hopefully) gaining substantial progress in exchange for all these fantastic thrills and spills...


- that darn "Nikkyo-wrist" is still hanging around after a few weeks...thinking of finally seeing a physiotherapist about it

- freaking out the guys over a scary-looking ukemi from Sensei's Kaitenage --- thankfully, it looked a lot worse than it was (as Sempai Tim said to me afterwards, "I thought you broke your neck! I was going to call an ambulance!") --- I had landed in a faceplant on the right side of my neck and kind of slumped over, I guess in a seemingly lifeless manner (apparently the guys tell me the sound I made hitting the mat wasn't exactly pleasant either) --- I'm lucky all that I got afterwards (iced my neck upon Sensei's advice) was a slight pull in the muscle next to my right shoulder.

- the infamous "Turf Toe" after my big toe got caught in a visiting black belt's excessively long (and obviously dangerous) hakama (this thing was dragging on the ground, it was so long); didn't help any that on top of this (hyperextending my toe downwards) to add insult to injury, he dropped his weight on my toe without realizing it...it was the nastiest Turf Toe I've ever received so far (knock on wood) --- after a while, I was having difficulty even putting much weight on that foot. I'm just happy it's feeling better today (been icing it and wrapping it properly according to a great book I picked up called, "Martial Arts Injury, Care & Prevention --- highly recommended, by the way!)

Happy birthday to me.

Okay, after all that whining...


- A greater appreciation of how flexible I am --- Sensei thinks that it's been my saving grace in preventing serious injury. The way the guys at the dojo go on about it, you'd think I had nine lives or something...(meow!)

- The affirmation that by my being appreciative of the challenges of working with newbies is ultimately helping to improve my technique (by having to adapt to sincere/honest ukemi responses) --- the visiting Yudansha was apparently from a much larger dojo that most likely was split into separate classes for white and black belts...he seemed really bored at ours. I hope I never become like that. (hiss!) I love the challenge of working with newbies, simply because it forces me to adapt to them and work with their energy.

- A more positive attitude towards who I am, what I am able to accomplish, and my own philosophy (rowr!)
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RSS Feed 2 Responses to "Learning from Yudansha what Not to Do (aka the No"
#2 06-09-2004 09:15 PM
jducusin Says:
Thanks, Kelly! Hope things are well with you these days.
#1 06-08-2004 05:17 PM
Kelly Allen Says:
Happy belated birthday Jamie. Hope you had a good one.

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