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To preface this, last night was my first time doing an attack from suwari waza...ohh, hard on the knees, especially my hyper-mobile ones.
The night before, however, I was working on shomenuchi ikkyo, complete with pin. While I'm thinking that I'm doing fine while I pin, Sensei stands behind me. I'm waiting to hear the fourteen things I'm still doing incorrectly so I can try and get them in the next set. Instead, he tells me one thing.
I have a habit of curling my toes underneath my feet, which I've since learned is a huge NO in Aikido. I try again, this time my toes are in the correct position. Sensei moves on, my partner and I keep going. Soon, it's my turn to be nage.
I am on one side of the room.
Sensei is on the other, correcting the more advanced students.
My partner attacks, I go in for the pin. All of a sudden comes the booming voice from above:
"TOES, MARIANNE! So anyway..." ...And he continues with the other group.
Lessons for the night:
1) Toes aren't supposed to go under the feet. They hurt in the morning.
2) Sensei not only utilize the eyes in the back of their heads, they can use them while multitasking.
"Training should always be conducted in a pleasant and joyful atmosphere."
Right now, that's the mood at our dojo, and I think it's furthering my Aikido addiction. But before I begin this blog...here's me.
22 years old, social worker living in New Orleans. Started Aikido in late October, currently unranked. Having the time of my life. I never thought I'd study a martial art, and right now, I'm starting to love Aikido. Hopefully I'll be able to continue the love affair.
Anyway, the purpose of this blog is to document my own highs and lows-from my first breakfall (done completely on accident-not at that level yet!), my brain fart at a seminar, to the giggle fits that come out on a regular basis. Through the pain and frustration, there's always someone ready with a smile and a cold beer.
This is the start of my story, and I'm sticking to it.