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Man, the endorphins after a class of Aikido are fantastic. I don't know if natural highs are the best, but they're pretty damned good. No injuries at today's class! Yay! We did some interesting and different techniques tonight. I'm still frustrated that I don't know all of the names, but it's ok. By the end of class, EVERYONE was totally exhausted. That's a good hard workout.
On Sunday, Lindsay and I bought a video tape made in 1992 with our sensei (Glenn Brooks) and his sensei, Akira Tohei. It's a fantastic video tape and hilarious to see sensei with his long hair and mustache. I feel like I learned a good bit just watching it once, and I think subsequent viewings will help me and Lindsay learn more of the names of the techniques.
It's nice to leave class on such a high note and without any major bumps or bruises. I'm looking forward to the next class, hopefully on Sunday.
No pain from yesterday's practice! Yay! We had the instructor and several of his students visit from the dojo in Prescott, AZ today. I got to practice with one of them and she had really good form. We did a lot of the basics, and it was a really good work out. We did a modified kokyu doza which was different, some kind of way I managed to pull a muscle in my off arm while doing it - that is, the arm which isn't doing the pinning motion. Weird. But it wasn't any big deal. I'm just really glad that I didn't do anything that still hurts today. It's nice not to be all sore after a work-out.
I've noticed that I don't suffer from all the wrist pains that lots of people get when we practice nikkyo stuff. I think I just have really limber or loose wrists. Gotta get lucky somewhere, I guess.
16th practice last night - it was my first hour and a half class since I've been back from my ankle injury. My ankle did get weak towards the end of class, but it held up well. I didn't get any pain in it, though it still feels a little weak this morning. For most of the class I did pretty well, and Sensei had some time to spend working just with me, which was very helpful.
The bad thing that happened last night though, was when I did my first front roll, I landed really hard on my hip. It's sore as hell, though I don't think I hurt it badly - it just hurts. I really need to work on front rolls - it's the main thing that I really feel uncomfortable with in Aikido.
Forgot to add an entry on Sunday - I've been working WAY too much lately. I had a really good practice on Sunday - Carlos, one of the senior students was our teacher. We did a lot of new stuff that I've never seen before and each one had some really tricky ukemi required - and since I'm a noob, it was tough and very scary, but no one got hurt. Some of it looked like it could be used to hurt someone really badly if you wanted to.
With about 5 mins to go in class, I felt a sharp pain in my ankle. I bowed off the mat and sat on the bench. With each step, that sharp pain was there. I rolled my foot around and felt something pop. The sharp pain went away, but class was pretty much over by that time. I've had that pain before and it usually goes away quickly.
Getting over this ankle is not a lot of fun. But at least I'm back on the mat now!
Yay! No injuries today either! I had to miss Tuesday and Thursday night's practice because I had a cold and didn't want anyone else to share it. I'm so selfish sometimes!
Practice went great today. We learned some very different movements from what I've learned so far. They are difficult for me to explain, because I don't know the terminology. They all involved two hand wrist grabs, and the weirdest one was one that just had an ura component and then you did something to spin nage around and then put him down with a kotegaeshi, which was fun, but me and a 4th kyu just stood there until sensei could come show us what we were supposed to do. It wasn't intuitive at all, but once we learned it it was pretty cool.
This was my first practice where I partnered with my wife. We took turns doing a technique where we pinned each other with an ikkyo pin. Earlier I had almost thrown Lindsay off the mat, so then when she pinned me the first time, sensei told her to break my wrist. "It's only fair he said." Ha!
I'm also happy today because I found me a Mr. Sparkle t-shirt at the comic store yesterday. I love Simpsons shirts that have Japanese written on them. I have another shirt that has Homer dressed as a samurai and it says Baka Gaijin. Ha!