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Creation Date: 05-12-2009 02:24 PM
Notes on observations made after returning to the tatami following a 2 year 7 month absence
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Entries: 14
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Entries for the Month of May 2009

In General Integration - class 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #3 New 05-21-2009 08:45 AM
19th May 2009

Due to being away for archery next Friday, I decided to go to the Tuesday class this week so I can at least stick to my goal of 1 class per week

Having shaken the nerves from before class 1, this time I was better able to think about what I was doing during the class

We worked on a version of ikkyo where tori moves his hindmost leg about 45 degrees sideways, while dropping his centre (and uke!) straight down. Uke tends to land with a bit of an ooooof!! but the technique is very effective

I'd rushed out late and forgotten my waepons bag but Ivor Sensei loaned me his spare bokken for the 7 suburi. It is a very light bokken so it didn't hurt, and we all got to count from 1 to 10 in Japanese, which was still in the memory bank somewhere

Finally I had my best moment in suwari-waza koyku-ho, at the end of class. I was tired, my arms were feeling the suburi, and my partner was a strong guy... but I relaxed my arms more and more and let my breath power the movement...

Ahhhh - kokyu!!
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In General Survival - class 1 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #2 New 05-21-2009 08:37 AM
15th May 2009

My return to Aikido was an important day for me. Having got myself somewhat unfit over the last 2 years (archery is great, but it isn't aerobic exercise ) I wasn't sure I'd survive a 2 hour Aikido class...

Fortunately, my body remembered what to do I actually surprised myself at how much ukemi I could still take My technique as tori wasn't the best, and I kept falling over my hakama (didn't tie it on tight enough ) but I thoroughly enjoyed myself, worked with some great partners, and best of all managed to train throughout the whole class

Next morning I was aching so much I could scarcely stagger around, and this feeling didn't wear off until Monday

Ho hum. My goal for the next class is to ache for only 1 day afterwards...
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  #1 New 05-21-2009 08:27 AM
24th April 2009

Having been missing Aikido for a very long time, I finally plucked up the courage to do something about it My boss Ali (who I originally introduced to this wonderful art ) was guest teaching a class at a nearby dojo, run by one of my good Aikido friends. Ok, I'll go along and watch, take a few photos, then when class is over I'll see if I can still roll...

Training ceased for me in October 2006 following a rear-end shunt on my car by an idiot who thought I'd moved on from the T-junction before I had. My lower back and tailbone were damaged, and I thought that was the end - I could no longer be thrown

Watching the class was fun, but I had to force myself to get on the mat and try to roll - I could so easily have chickened out - but I am no coward and made myself do it. A few gentle forward rolls, then a couple of backward rolls, and hey - I can still do it

Afterwards in the pub, Ivor Sensei who runs the club told me I'd be very welcome to come back, and that everybody would respect that I cannot be thrown in certain ways. This was great news!
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