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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 November 2006

In General Another Slow Progression Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #220 New 11-29-2006 10:31 AM
...at least that's what it feels like. Well, it must be six or seven weeks post-concussion now and in spite of the occasional momentary wave of nausea (which will often overcome me at rather inconvenient times, such as mid-conversation with others :-S ) things are very slowly getting back to normal. Or that's what I'm telling myself. The guys on the forums here weren't kidding about feeling tired. It's like I'm just now getting my energy back. And still, I have to pace myself.

I've started doing half the ukemi drills again (10 out of the 20 of each kind) and have finally been incorporating the occasional breakfall (say, one out of every 4 reps). Despite my classmates' concerns, it's not so much impact that is making me feel ill nowadays --- it's pivoting. I'll start doing a quick bout of tenkans in a technique or as a result of taking fast ukemi for Sensei and this hazy kind of dizziness will begin; at which point, I'll take a moment to rest or continue practicing slowly.

On the breathing front, my Asthma has greatly improved (or should I say, diminished?) since we picked up a HEPA air filter for the bedroom; I'm no longer wheezing in my sleep, and my peak flow readings have been consistently closer to my personal best (averaging 360-400 these days) than they've ever been. It's been weeks since I've had to use my inhaler. Thank God.

I've been keeping a Daily Training Log these days as well, keeping tabs on not only my peak flow, daily nutrition (meals and ...More Read More
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In General It REALLY Sucks to Be Me Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #219 New 11-08-2006 07:45 PM
We're not going to the seminar. I'm just not well enough yet to be taking falls. (Even if we were, we have no means of transport out there, it turns out). And it's practically unheard of in our circle of practitioners to go to a seminar and not take ukemi. Which is fine by me. I'd rather not go out at all than get there and not be able to perform well. C'est la vie, I guess. Happy now, brain? I hope so.
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In General Cross Your Fingers... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #218 New 11-06-2006 10:29 AM
The Saskatoon seminar with Kawahara Shihan ETA is five days. Here's hoping I can make it through the 6 hour drive nausea-free (what more the seminar itself...)
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In General Sucks to be Me Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #217 New 11-02-2006 12:26 PM

Well, Happy Halloween to me. I can't tell you how much this sucks. After spending a nauseous, dizzy afternoon at work doing barely anything to provoke it, I'm here "on the bag" again, wishing that movement (or even just sitting here) wouldn't make me feel sick.

I'm watching everyone go through the ukemi drills, missing it badly --- I'm also trying very hard to hide a smile at seeing folks try desparately to keep up with Jeremy's "faster" paced set that I know doesn't challenge him (baby steps for beginners and all) and realize that I miss the *really* fast ukemi we've done before; where there's hardly a moment's pause in between rolls, if any.

Of course, this also leaves the Suwari Waza demo ukemi to poor Garry again, due to Jeremy's bad knee and my shaken noggin'...that is, until it comes to the shoulder osae --- at which point, Jeremy must step in). I can't help but chuckle a little about it. I swear, between the three of us, we might actually make one complete and uninjured person to take ukemi right now. And we shall name him...FrankenUke.

It's a shame that even laughing to myself here makes me want to puke. I've been taking it (well, comparatively) easy since a brief, yet triumphant return (well, it was for me) to the mats on Thursday upon my (very welcome, yet short-lived) discovery that I wasn't feeling any of the post-concussive symptoms. They were doing a very slow 13-step jo kata after all, and I figured, what's the harm? You should hav ...More Read More
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