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Woo! Aikido was fun last night. We did some new, weird stuff. We did a tsuki kotagaeshi type thing where we grabbed uke's hand underhanded, stepped under his arm into a sankyo grip and then turned him back around into the kotagaeshi grip and did something very much like iriminage to throw him. Weird, but fun.
My front rolls are continuing to improve, though on my first or second roll on my right side I landed badly on my side bruising it all up. Ouch. My left side, though, was pretty good.
We also did a new version of kokyu where we locked out uke's elbows and then pushed up into his shoulders to throw him. Odd, but it worked. Kinda.
Lindsay is just totally kicking butt. I tempted to be a little jealous - she's just doing fantastic. She's definetly testing in a few weeks. She's gone to class 4 times this week, to my 2 times. I keep telling myself that I have to give my ankle plenty of time to fully heal and that there's no problem with me testing for 5th kyu in August. I'm sure I'll be fully ready by then.
No, I haven't quit my Aikido journey. I've just been too lazy to post here. Sunday I went to my 24th practice and I feel like I'm finally, slowly beginning to understand a lot more things. My ankle has hardly bothered me at all, though I still wear my brace. Every time I think about taking it off, I have a moment in class when I feel a tiny twinge of pain from my ankle and I decide to keep it on for another week or two. I don't think it's hurting my practice though.
I've begun noticing some of the physical changes that aikido is doing to me. I have finally developed some biceps after a lifetime of little arms. My chest and shoulders are showing improvements as well. I haven't lost much weight, but I am in probably the best shape I've been in in at least 10 years (which still isn't much to brag about). I'm very happy with my Aikido experience so far.
My wife, Lindsay, is now an Aikido beast. She's decided she's going to test for 5th kyu in February and I think that's fantastic. My original plan was to do the same, but since I missed three months due to my ankle, I want to wait until August to test. I really enjoy training with her. I call her the queen of nikkyo. She's also much more precise in making sure that she is doing each technique properly than even some of my 4th and 5th kyu partners.
Once again I'll say - if you're wondering whether or not Aikido is something you can do, I'm living proof that a very uncoordinated, clumsy person can at least ha