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9/21/04---Tuesday's class---Us, Larry, and Henry. We were very happy when Henry showed up as he taught the class. We did a lot of tenkan practice in our techniques. All 3 of us needed that practice.
9/23/04---Thursday's class---Us, Jim, Mark, Larry, and Henry. Peter's out of town right now but it felt like a more normal class because more people were there. Poor Mark's got pnemonia (!) so he said he was going to take it easy teaching but he was still in a really good mood. It was a really fun class but Mark had us do some weird stuff! At the very beginning, he had us all lie down on our backs and do 6 inch drills! I only knew what they were because of seeing my Tang Soo Do friend do them. I don't know why but it was killing my back! Next we did another exersise of just holding ourselves up on our hands and toes. I was supposed to feel that in my abs but all I felt was my back killing me! I was very relieved when we stopped doing that. I thought I'd be really sore today but I'm not. If I'm motivated, I should start trying to practice doing those exercises at home so I can strengthen those muscels.
For techniques we did Irimis and Shiho Nages from Katatori Menuchi. It was funny because near the end of class, Sensei Mark got on my mom, me, and Jim for doing Shiho Nage in a weird/unnessasary painful looking way. The way we were doing it is the way that Mr. Larry (the senior sensei) has been showing us every Saturday for over a month
...My family and everyone else in my city/state was very lucky that Hurricane Ivan turned at the last minute otherwise we would have been in big trouble! Some people here did have problems actually but that's nothing compared to what other people got. All that happened to us was a tree blew down in our backyard. Seeing pictures in the newspapers and on TV, it's very sad about the great destruction that Ivan did cause in the cities it plowed through. I hope all Aikidokas on this board who live in those places are safe and I hope all the people who suffered damage will get back on their feet as quickly as possible. My thoughts and prayers are with them.
I'm behind in my journal entries! I was going to catch up but then we left because of Ivan. I've gone a whole week without Aikido and I'm going through withdrawl! My mom and I did try to practice some Aikido when we were in the motel pool. It was difficult but very funny as we could hardly do anything to uke without dunking them underwater. We actually evacuated to San Antonio and I looked in the phone book for Aikido dojos and I was excited to find 3 definite places! Unfortunatly, we weren't able to visit any and we didn't have our gi's with us besides.
It was September 7th, 2 weeks ago where I'm starting off my catching up. Amy called me to say that she couldn't come to class because she had too much college work to do. I was sad she couldn't come but because there wasn't a singl