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Well after attending my first class last night my body has really let me know just how long it has been since I did ukemi. I gave it a shot last night and landed quite a few of them a bit heavily... funnily enough though it's my thighs that are 'feeling the burn' this morning. Guess I'm just not as young and fit as I'd like to believe. My dad says the same thing, he doesn't realise that he's getting old until he looks in the mirror and sees an old, balding man looking back. To me I'm still 21 and in my prime, not 35 and starting to spread around the middle (who needs a six-pack when you can bring a whole keg!)
Loved it though, some of the footwork was coming back to me (slowly), although my timing and balance was all over the place. The people were friendly and all seemed to enjoy being there, and that is a real selling point for me. Mutual enthusiasm can really get you going when you just don't feel like it and everyone benefits from a happy atmosphere. I'll definitely be back!
I'm not much for diaries and jotting down thoughts, but decided I would see how I went with a blog starting with my latest entry into Aikido and how it effects the rest of my life. Am looking forward to my first class which, if all goes according to plan, will be next week. I am nervously excited about it. It has been 7 or 8 years since I last did Aikido back in Australia at the Brisbane Yoshinkan Aikido dojo run by Mori Sensei. Mori Sensei is a gentle, soft spoken man who delivers his technique with an effortless power and flow that I hope to be able to match one day... hey, why set my sights low I was lucky enough to be his uke a few times during the beginners class and even if I did have more of an idea of what I was doing from what I recall there was no question of being able to resist the technique, he just took your balance and energy and directed it where he wanted it to go. It was great to be a part of it, even if that part involved me being airborne more often than not.