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Tuesday's class went well. We worked on the jo. I'm still not sure if I really like the jo or not. Part of it is because it is new to me, but part of it is just because some of the movements feel quite awkward. I used the jo a little bit in my old style, but the jo was held and used differently, which could be why I am feeling uncomfortable. I am guessing I will get more comfortable with it as I go, but as of now, it is more of an enemy then a friend.
Yesterday my husband and I received our new bokken's with a saya. They are pretty nice. They are wrapped and the saya is held on by a magnet, so it makes it more realistic. They will just have to do for a while until my husband and I can afford $1,000 to spend on our iaito's. I am guessing we will spend about $500-$600 for each of ours. My husband got to use his new bokken last night, but I was unable to use mine. Mine was received with the tsuba loose. I am guessing it got damaged in shipment, but I am not sure. We are going to try to fix it with wood glue and if that doesn't work, then we are going to call and see about a return/exchange for mine. They are a lot lighter then the ones we have been using and it will be different to actually use a saya instead of pretending.
Last night in iaido we worked on iwanami, ukifune gaeshi, noarashi gaeshi and utsusemi. My technique is still horrendous, but I am at least remembering the moves now. At the end, we did batto a few times. Over all, I think the class went well. At the e
Today was the first class sensei has taught since a week ago. He attended a summer seminar, but now he is back. :O) Iaito class went well. There were more people there then usual, which was quite nice. We only worked on three things: Shohatto, iwanami and batto. By the end of class, I was more then feeling the burn in my theighs! My technique is horrible and I have much to work on. My shoulders are doing alright, but we shall see how it goes. My knees on the other hand... are still sore. If I have knees that hurt this much at 25, then I hate to think how they will feel 30 years from now! I guess it doesn't help that I have a worn miniscus in my left knee from dancing. It was doing great until I started training 8 1/2 hours a week. I guess I just dove into too many hours too quick!
Aikido class went alright. We worked on several things. Sankyo, kaitenage, iriminage and several other things from shomenuchi. My kaitenage and iriminage are getting better, but my sankyo is still horrendous from shomenuchi. I tend to grab too high on the wrist for sankyo, which of course makes it difficult/impossibe to get sankyo! Realizing my mistake is the first step to fixing it though right? Ah.. and I have to work on my shomenuchi attack as well. I tend to move forward as I lift my hand up over my head and attack, which is how I was trained to do in my previous style. Here, they want me to raise my hand above my head, then move forward as I attack. To me, that shows what I am about to do,
Well, last night I could feel the tightness settling in on my shoulders and I was hoping that a hot shower and rest would do me good. Those things did me good, but not enough. :O) My shoulders are still very sore today. I guess they really got tweaked. Any arm lifting where they go above my shoulders makes them tighten up more. Argh! Today is a day of rest and then tomorrow I have iaido for an hour and aikido for an hour and a half. Sensei came back from his seminar and said that Saturdays class will be a good one because he wants to show us a few things they did at the seminar. This basically means that it will not be an easy class. Don't get me wrong, I don't want an easy class. I like the feeling of being sore and having a few bruises. It just goes to show that I am working on something. Whether I am getting better or not is a completely different story though!
I thought about using the good ol' icy-hot or tiger balm last night before bed. There are two things that always keeps me from using it. The first is that if I use it, then I am admitting that I am sore enough to use it. I refuse to admit that some product or pill to feel better, so I endure the aches and pains that are all to common with aikido training. All the while, I am rubbing the stuff on my husband and giving him massages to feel better. Those massages are never reciprocated though. BOO! The second is that the smell will still be there in the morning. I am pretty sure that my coworkers haven't come to ac
Tonights class went well. It started off with just myself and another student, but eventually a third student joined class. We worked on a few different things, but mainly we did ikkyo. We also worked on sumiotoshi, kaitenage and kotegaishi. I'm not sure why, but I am already VERY sore from class. My shoulders are quite sore, which is a little odd. I also got mat burn on the top of my left foot. FUN! Who doesn't like getting mat burn and then enjoying the sting when sweat gets in it. :O) Anywho, that is all I really have to report.
Some things I have to work on: balanced attacks, not allowing my legs to collapse once I am thrown and a few other little things.
Hello there. Well, after debating back and forth, I have decided to start a blog. The main reason is that I would like to look back every so often to see how I have progressed in one way or another. Before I continue, let me tell you a bit about my background. The world of martial arts isn't new to me. From 1999-2006 I studied Aikijitsu. For those of you who don't know much about that style, it is fairly aggressive and involves judo, aikido and a few other styles thrown in. The throws were my favorite part though. We also worked with several types of weapons, which I also enjoyed. I really enjoyed doing martial arts and it helped boost my self confidence over time. I used to be a shy person, but it eventually brought me out of my shell. In August of 2006 I moved an hour and a half north for grad school. Due to my 14 hour days from school and commuting by train, that left no time for me to train anywhere. Eventually I graduated and I got a job cross country. My husband and I packed up and headed towards the unknown. After settling in for 7 months, my husband still was unable to find a job. We occasionally spoke of martial arts and how much both of us missed taking classes. I began to search for a martial arts dojo for him to go to. That way he would be able to get out of the house and socialize. The closest thing we could find to our beloved style of Aikijitsu was Aikido. We eventually found a dojo that he liked. So, I encouraged him to sign upů without me. That idea didn't g
I have been keeping a blog on blogspot (http://sakurabugeisha.blogspot.com/) but thought I would keep one here as well. It is basically a copy and past from the blog. So feel free to check either out. The first few blogs will all be dated the same as I am simply going to copy and paste all the previous blogs up to date.