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I didn't make it to Aikido practice this wednesday because I had forgotten a meeting at the university I had to attend Fortunately I have training tomorrow.
Kyokushinkai training yesterday was hard but I really felt like I learned something. We did the beginner katas required for our upcoming 10 kyu graduation March 3rd. After training I went over to a couple of good friends that lives nearby and we went out to a nearby club. Hence the 'hungover' part...
Tomorrow our Aikido dojo is going to visit another dojo a couple of hours drive away and train with them for a day. I am eager to see how they do things over there and meet some new people to train with.
Kyokushinkai practice today was hard. We did a lot of strength exercises and some basic kata. At the end the instructor made us do interval running until I was at the point of fainting. I need to improve my stamina.
I have Aikido practice tomorrow. I can't wait to see if I can do better this time.
Another weeks training is done and I am feeling stronger, slimmer and faster.
Tuesday was Kyokushinkai night and it was so so. Not too hard, or too easy just average.I wasn't in a terribly good mood and that affected my training to a higher degree than I had hoped.
Wednesday was Aikido night and I met some new students that have started training in my period of absence and they really kept me on my toes. Their technique and their intensity was awesome and they really made me feel like I was the new guy. They reminded me that consistency and perseverance really are paramount in Aikido. We did a lot of gyakuhanmi techniques and some kotegaishi, iriminage, kaitennage and some bokken work. After training I was completely exhausted and sore. I have to remember to stretch before and after training.
Thursday was karate again and training was amazing. The sempai made us do various strength and stamina enhancing exercises and spent a lot of time on stretching, something my sore inner thighs were grateful of. We did various punches, kicks, and blocks and although it wasn't easy by any measure, it was still a whole lot easier than Aikido.
It has been a very long time since my last entry so it is about time I share some of my experiences.
It will be obvious to anyone reading my previous entries, that I have not been nearly as consistent in my Aikido training as I should have been.
I have just recently begun training again after an 8 months period of total (physical) inactivity. I started studying English at the University of Copenhagen last August, and I have been spending all my time and energy there, abandoning most of the other activities in my life.
This choice has had an enormous effect on my body and general well-being. I have gained almost 20 pounds and my physique and condition was horrible.
I decided that I had to do something. Just as I was contemplating this, one of the sempai at my dojo wrote me an email asking me why I hadn't been there for so long. He gave me the push I needed and it was a great feeling being missed, although my conscience was bad because I had neglected my training for so long.
At the same time I had made arrangements for a trial lesson at a Kyokushinkai Karate Dojo and I was excited to try something different from Aikido. I got the idea long ago when I discovered that a lot of the sempai in my dojo had trained Karate earlier and benefited from that.
At first I was apprehensive about studying two martial arts at a time, but the contrast is invigorating! I found out that I had really missed some of the harder aspects of Aikido even though the