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While out of class with my slowly healing ankle injury, I'm now able to enjoy Aikido vicariously through my wife. She started this past Sunday and is having fun. Of course, after Sunday's and Tuesday's classes she was way too sore to go to class last night, but we should be able to go again on Sunday. She's really enjoying class and the other women in class are very grateful she's there. I have a buddy at work who's wife wants to join as well. Pretty soon we'll have a class full of girls. :O
My ankle is still getting better day by day, but I still expect to be out of practice until towards the end of September. I'm still bummed by that, but since I intend on taking Aikido for quite a long time, a month and a half isn't very long to wait - especially since I don't want to injure myself again anytime soon.
Yesterday I watch my first rank testing. We had 6 students testing for rank. One for 5th kyu, two for 4th kyu, one for 1st kyu and two for shodan rank. The rank tests were exciting and educational. Watching the two shodan candidates was very cool, because that's stuff that I'll eventually learn!
Sadly, I'm still not able to train. I went to my regular doctor for an update on my status and because the ankle was still swollen last week - his prognosis is that I'll be off the mat until the second half of September. Apparently my ankle sprain is about the worst it can get without breaking bones or tearing tendons. Major bummer. But, I have no plans on quitting Aikido or even being particularly upset about my injury. I'm going to keep attending class at least once a week (I'm shooting for twice a week), and when I'm ready I'll get back at it.
I'm disappointed, but still excited about learning Aikido.
Yup. Ouch. Twisted my ankle right at the end of an otherwise excellent practice. Sundays are usually just an hour class. Spent the whole hour training with some excellent sempai and then towards the end of class Sensei had everyone do random attacks with each other. This time he allowed us newbies to participate - slowly. So I did, with two different partners and actually learned a couple of things. Then, Sensei came over and had me be uke for various different attacks - this was a lot of fun. A lot of fun right up until I got my foot caught up in my pants, twisted my ankle, and fell down like a ton of bricks.
Fortunately, it's no where near the worst I've done, and I can put my weight on it. It swelled up pretty bad at first, but we put ice on it. After 20 minutes or so, I was able to drive home. Sensei said I should change my story to save some embarassment, but I think I'll stick with the comedic effect. I have no macho ego to tend to.
No telling how long I'll be out of practice, but I doubt it will be for longer than a week.