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Well this isn't really an aikido blog so much as it is a getting tipsy blog. Tonight I tried sake for the first time! I tried a flight of three sake's and decided to get a 13 oz. bottle of one of the ones I really liked. Well, I was out with a bunch of people (about 7) and I offered them a chance to try my sake. All turned me down. Well, I ended up drinking the whole bottle myself. Though it was good, I am left feeling tipsy for sure. I was told by a few people they were impressed with my abilities to hold alcohol considering my size. Not sure how to take that.... anyway, tomorrow I have day two of my crime scene training course. I am hoping that I don't wake up with a hangover. In the mean time, I am laying on my bed feeling a bit strange and drinking lots of water. I must not be too bad since I walked back from the restaurant and showered right?
Oh sake, how I love to drink you, but do we have a good relationship? Only a few hours of sleep will truly tell.... I sure do feel relaxed though!
This week went pretty well. I don't really recall too much of what we worked on this week. I really need to stop being lazy and do this journal thing more often or at least write down what I did and then use them to type later. Tuesday we had a female yudansha visit. She has her own dojo a few hours north of us. She had trained with my sensei under Chiba sensei for a while and I think she also trained in Japan as well. I have heard a lot about her, so I really enjoyed getting to meet with her and train with her. When I worked with her, we were working on iriminage. She was very helpful and told me that I was bouncy (in a good way) when I was uke.
Wednesday's class was based around kokyuho. I actually had one of those rare classes where I could feel myself sinking into my hips and turning. We started off practicing tai no henko and then progressed into variations of kokyuho. Usually, I struggle with sinking into my hips and rotating, but it was coming effortless to me this evening. I don't know what caused me to be able to do this, but I have an feeling that it won't be there next time I try to do them! It comes and goes. My only wish is that it slowly becomes more and more frequent. One of my favorite variations we did was from gyaku hanmi katatedori. You tenkaned around like you were doing tai no henko and then your rotate 180 (you end up facing the same way you did when you started) and all the while you are taking uke around with you. Once you finish
Thursday's class was a really good class. It was a very active, intense, keep moving type of class. A lot of the throws we did involved rolls, which is always fun (unless you are exhausted like I seem to be all the time). It wasn't long before I was sweating and the dojo windows were fogging up. Though I was tired to begin with, I kept on pushing myself to get through the class. Towards the end of the class, the yudansha who was teaching had five of us stand up. One person was in the middle and the other four took turns attacking. We had to do a particular technique that we had learned that night from a double shoulder grab. You simply enter, turn 180 and throw the person into a roll. Well, at one point I was one of the attackers. Things were going quite well… until they weren't. During my roll, all the sudden there was this loud bang and my knee hurt. Turns out the yudansha threw me into the shomen. Our dojo used to be an old church, so the entire lifted wooden platform at the front is our shomen. The room got suddenly quiet and I could hear the yudansha who was teaching asking me if I was alright. I got up and said I was fine (which was a lie because it hurt like hell). He then told me to be in the middle. It wasn't a consolation prize I was looking for, but it did help me think of other things besides the pain for a bit. After class, the yudansha who threw me into the shomen came over and asked if I was alright. Again, I was modest and told him I was fi
Well, yesterday was my first class back at the dojo after two weeks of living a sedentary lifestyle that included: eating LOTS of food, drinking copious amounts of wine and champagne (Okay, so it was only like 6 glasses over 3 days, but that is a lot for me when I'm lucky if I have a glass a week), playing wii, watching movies, reading and grooming my shih tzu. Monday night I went to bed with a headache only to wake up Tuesday morning feeling absolutely rotten. I decided to go to work anyway. I don't really take sick days (or vacation much for that matter) and I figured that if I made it through the day, then I could use that as ammo to convince my husband that I would be alright going to class. Luckily for me, my headache did lessen through out the day. I got home from work and my husband asked if I was going to class. I told him that I would give it a shot and would sit out if it got too bad.
We arrived at the dojo, changed and then lined up to wait for sensei. My first class back went rather well. I was convinced that I would have lost everything I had learned over the past 10 months, but that wasn't quite the case. I had lost a bit of the connectivity from lack of practice, but I did alright. At one point, sensei came over and asked if I was alright. I told him that I had a really bad headache earlier, but was managing things alright. As long as I kept my headache (and the potential of a migraine coming back) in my conscious thoughts and remembered to ta
Well, it has been quite some time since I have posted. Between life getting in the way and both of my laptops getting a virus I haven't really been able to do much online. I know; excuses, excuses. I had a really interesting class on Saturday the 18th. I will have to post about that another time though because I need to list all the techniques we did. I came to several realizations in that class. So stay tuned for information about that class!
Last Wednesday was the last class we had before the dojo closed until the New Year. Wednesday's class was a hectic class. We had a guy come for a visit who used to go to our dojo. He was a fantastic guy! He was very nice, amazingly smooth rolls and just an all round great person to work with. He was a very sympathetic uke and he gave a lot of feedback. If I wasn't sure about something, but was actually doing it correctly, he would say, "That's it. Keep going." I have no idea what rank he is or left at, but I would love to work with the guy again. Sensei used him as uke for a bit too, which speaks for him. Sensei doesn't just use anyone for uke. We worked a lot on techniques that required a fish like movement. You know, you stick your hand out in front of you parallel to the floor with your thumb up towards the ceiling and move your hand like a fish swimming. Amazingly enough, this analogy really helped me grasp the motion better. Before, I was doing more like a palm heel strike movement. Somehow, this extra gr