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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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Entries for the Month of January 2012

In Training Wed. Jan. 11, 2012: Shihonage Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #269 New 01-13-2012 04:33 PM
Just logging these to keep track of where we are at in the cycle.

Ran through Shihonage from all of the following attacks:

Katatedori (omote & ura)
Morotedori (two versions)
Katadori Menuchi
Shomenuchi (omote & ura)
Yokomenuchi (omote & ura)
Ushiro Ryokatadori
Ushiro Ryotekubidori
Ushiro Ryotekubidori Kubijime

Not done yet:

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In Testing Nothing Better to Do Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #268 New 01-03-2012 12:58 PM
So, it's been almost two years now since I got to Shodan, and there's still no proverbial "bun in the oven" to speak of...

Might as well go for Nidan!

Which is great, because it dovetails with my desire to work myself back into a periodized conditioning cycle. I found it both energizing and motivating during the run-ups to both Ikkyu and Shodan. I just have to be very careful not to let that, coupled with my hectic work schedule, stress me out to the point of becoming overtrained again. And that wasn't very fun at all.

Over the last couple of years, I've some to realize that I am an intensely goal-oriented person. What really motivates me is having a tangible challenge to overcome. One that can definitely be measured. So for me, this results in the one of two major downsides to Aikido not being competitive.

The first, of course, is that it is relatively easy for many practitioners prevent their techniques from being tested. You just have to look at some of the nonsense on YouTube to see what I mean: yudansha with such poor form that -- at "best" - wouldn't move a bigger, stronger opponent and at worst, would put the defender off-balance instead of the attacker.

But I digress. Maybe I'm just a little snarky because the majority of people I've trained with for the last nine years (happy Aikido anniversary to me!) have all been bigger and stronger than me and I've had to learn the hard way.

Anyway. The second consequence is that I have to rely upon the ...More Read More
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