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That's what I told my wife last Monday as I wearily lay in bed. It had been a rather tortuous session that included three rounds of shikko around the dojo, lots of bokken suburi, and a (pardon my language) s*#tload of suwariwaza. It was the first time I actually felt grateful that my schedule only allows me to practice Aikido once a week.
Which is actually a wake up call of sorts for me. My physical conditioning sucks. Okay, I already knew that. I've always known that. I'm overweight, asthmatic, and my knees are - well, let's just say I wear knee supports to practice.
Since I currently cannot go to the dojo more than once a week, I have to practice solo most of the time. Which I have been doing, but only sporadically and at a leisurely rate. Time to raise up the intensity level.
And maybe put thick pads on the inside of my gi pants where my knees are.
Nikkyu exam is still in September, but I want to be prepared. I don't want to do a lot of suwariwaza though. I recently came across several horror stories on the forums about people, even shihans, who developed knee problems because of years of knee-walking. Since I'm overweight with bad knees, I think my priority should be to lose weight and strengthen my legs.