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Weekend before last, my family and I went to San Diego and visited Sea World, the zoo and the Wild Animal Park. At the Zoo and Wild Animal Park I noticed that it was no big deal at all for me to go up all of the steep hills. In fact I ran up a lot of them racing my 8 year old son. It's a great feeling to be in so much better shape than before.
Yesterday in class, Lindsay (my wife) wore a hakama for the first time. Now that she's ranked she's expected to wear a hakama in class. We didn't even know this was a requirement, but apparently some traditionalists feel that it is proper, and we don't really have a problem with it. Either way, it was amusing to watch her try to figure out how to do techniques wearing all that extra fabric. I'm also a bit jealous because by the time I get to wear a hakama (10, 15 years?) she'll be an old pro. It's all good, and I'm proud of how well she's doing.
We did lots of front ukemi stuff yesterday and I didn't do too bad. I feel like I'm getting better and better, just very slowly. I've heard that lots of people have a favorite side for doing front ukemi and I'm no exception. Doing rolls feels just fine on my left side, but it just feels horribly wrong on my right side. I still do the roll ok (more or less) but going into it just feels wrong. I think the solution is about a million more rolls on my right side. I'll get right on it.
The next few months is going to be tough for me and aikido. My son starts playing baseball
This morning, I weighed myself and noticed that I've lost about 5 pounds since the last time I looked. I pretty much have to chalk this up entirely to aikido because I haven't particularly been watching what I eat and the only regular exercize I get is Aikido (2 to 3 times a week). I've also noticed much better muscle tone and I'm even getting muscle definition in places I've never had muscle definition. I'm certainly not muscle-bound, but I do think I look like I'm in much better shape than I've probably ever been in.
Last night's class was a lot of fun as usual. We concentrated on tsuki techniques including some kaiten nage stuff. While I'm doing much, much better with my front ukemi, I'm still finding ukemi in kaiten nage to be very akward. I think it's because I just haven't done it enough. My front ukemi is also frustrating because one side is super easy to roll on, but the other still feels weird. At least I'm not landing on my side anymore!
I'm looking forward to my rank promotion which should be coming up sometime in the next few months. Now that Lindsay (my wife) is ranked, she should be able to give me a lot of help. It should be fun, and I'm pretty darned confident that I'll be able to do well.