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What is it with my internet connection never working after class? Anyway, here's Thursday's entry...
At least that's what my body's saying I was tonight. I took ukemi for sensei on our three of our four techniques we went over first hour...one being shomenuchi iriminage...heavy on the nage. Ouch.
Weapons class was fun tonight. We had someone drop in who had taken aikido earlier and he practiced with us. Did some cool bokken stuff...where you shomen, then both tenkan, then do one knee strike and then tsuki, but the defender sidesteps and is left with the opening.
Did some jo stuff, then did ushiro kotegaeshi with a tanto. I worked with the visitor guy (another John)...I could tell he had done it before a bit. But, at the end of each one when I was uke he kept stabbing me... Not that it hurt, but rather that I don't think that would be the thing to do... Oh well...I'll just stick with a disarm.
Yeah, so...anyway... I'll just go swing my bokken at some air or something.
Ow. I hurt my shoulder today. Ow. I was helping my sis with rolls and I tried to see what she was doing, so I imitated her and ended up trying to forcefully plant my left shoulder in the mat. Doesn't feel like it'll hurt for very long...maybe a few days. But it hurts now.
Didn't have class last Tuesday; due to the hurricane, the malls were closed...had some trailer homes damaged around the area and two dead...but not as bad as they feared last week.
Weapons class went well today. Did bokken stuff and tanto stuff. I did 40 squats (don't remember the name for it) and John said that was good for the first time we'd practiced it.
Yeah, this is kind of short, but I had to work this morning, because the morning guy had a hangover and didn't show...so that wore me out. I'm going to have to get it together when college starts, or I'll be a zombie 24/7.
Meh, whatever. Did some kotegaeshi today...always fun. Going for the shower now, bro just got out.
Well, I'm catching the cold that my brother has. Wasn't too bad tonight, but I had a headache, so I skipped tenchi nage.
Well, first off...something FINALLY clicked with my rolls... Not sure what it was...either holding my arm higher over my head...curling up tighter...or pushing off harder. Whatever it was, it works!
Normally I'm sick of rolls after only twice around the mats...but tonight while they were doing tenchi nage, sensei said I could work on rolls (at my request), so I did rolls almost non stop for twenty minutes (had to stop to let my inner ear settle down a few times). Anyway, I was pumped about that, so I did it until I couldn't stand up upon finishing the roll from the dizzieness.
Weapons class was tonight, after our "normal" class... We did ikkyo, nikyo, and sankyo with the jo and then some kind of freestyle bokken time for about ten minutes (continued after class). Jo is cool, but bokken is just...I dunno...it's just plain cool. The stance(s), the movements...the grace (no, not mine...sensei's heh ). I think I, too, am in love with the sword.
Well, sore from all my rolling...even with my slight improvements, I still managed to hurl myself against the floor too hard a few times. Meh...no pain, no gain...practice makes better.
Anyway...we also did ryotedori gote gaeshi tonight...one of my favorites. Worked with Josh...he likes bending elbows the wrong way. Ouch. Punk. Heh. Well, I gave what I got.
Well, I slacked off a bit on TUesday...but I had a friend spending the night after class, so I had to entertain my guest. That class went well.
Before class I was asking sensei about kaiten nage...we had worked on doing it from shomen uchi on TUesday...and I was trying to remember how to do it from morote dori, but couldn't. So he helped jog my memory by throwing me into the mat a few times.
Today was great... I did tenchi nage with Sam...we got going really fast, to where he would just barely grab me before hitting the ground. Sensei was watching and smiling...
We did a version of irimi nage...but I can't remember which one...kind of hazy...hmm...
At the end of our normal class, we worked on an elbow pin. That one was really cool! I felt like sensei was about to rip my arm out of socket a few times. I worked on that one with Sam, and we were trying different escapes (not many worked!) and stuff. That was sweet. After class, a guy from the karate class asked me to show it to him, so I happily pinned him. He thought it was cool.
Worked with the jo tonight. Actually...we didn't have enough to go around...so I ended up doing most of the solo stuff with a bokken. Hey, it's the form that's important, not the fact that if it had been a real sword I wouldn't be typing this now.
The jo was really neat, though I think I like the bokken better. John (who teaches the weapons section) prefers bokken while sensei prefers jo, so we're going to see a