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Yesterday there was beginners training, my favorite day of the week.
But I didn't get there, and why? The excuse is that I had been up very early, and a couple of hours before training all the electricity in the entire eastern part of Denmark went. (No, seriously)
So I was one of about 3 million people without light for several hours.
So I found my self in my room, with nothing to read, and no music, computer, tv, cooking or even hot water, so eventually I got so bored I fell asleep and missed class.
I'm not even sure if there was a class because of blackout, but that is not the point of this post. The blackout was of course unfortunate, but that was just the catalyst. I have had a fairly poor discipline the last month or two, and it seems like even the tasks, duties and joys that was earlier so easy to do, have now become increasingly difficult for me to do, and I feel like I have to do something.
I'm not sure what though, so so far I will turn up at todays training and do my best.
I just came home from my beginners training, and I am floating on air.
Today's training was an incredibly positive experience.
We have been putting up flyers in the neighborhood for a couple of weeks now, trying to get more members for our dojo, and today it paid off.
We had 6 newcomers, 4 mudansha and 2 yudansha attending, which is extremely rare as we are normally only 4-5 including the instructor. But hey, the more the merrier right?
So we started, and us kyus were almost acting as assistant instructors, which was a really great feeling. For once we were the ones doing the things correctly and sharing our knowledge with the others. Everybody was in a good mood, and the 2 hours went by smoothly.
Most of the newcomers were excited and looking forward to the next session.
Status: Pretty worn out, wrists and knees ache, but ecstatic after today's and yesterday's training.
Tuesday was beginners training, and as always I benefitted a lot from it. For the first time I was actually the instructors preferred uke, and it felt really good.
My flow was better, my ukemi better and the instructor even complemented me on the way I keep an eye on nage when being his uke. I really felt confident that day, and everything seemed to work better than usually. We mostly did variations of Ikkyo and some Kotegaishi
We also had a first timer there for a trial session, and I got to show her techniques for the last 45 minutes.
All in all, I felt like I had a very good session.
Today there was mixed training with an instructor that is well know for his tempo and energetic classes. I'm always drenched with sweat when training with him, but they are always interesting, and we usually do more advanced techniques than I am used to.
As I'm still a rookie, I can't remember the correct terms, but as far as I remember we did some Koshi nage and various other throws. Both with and without bokken.
We actually only did one technique with a lock, the rest was throws and when your ukemi is as flawed as mine, you can really feel it.
But still, it was a good session and I really enjoyed it.
Now I just have to wait for Monday when I can train again
I actually overslept today... I know, I'm embarrased already when writing this, but I promised you an entry so I will tell you about my last training session which had a morale of it's own, so here goes.
Last wednesday I arrived with a slight sleep deprivation and I hadn't eaten at all that day as I woke up 2 hours before training.
When I first arrived I met a member I hadn't met before and the senior instructor taught me how to tie a belt and a hakama correctly (not that I have a hakama yet :-)) and we started.
This particular instructor is known for his rigorous workout, and sure enough I was sweating like nobody's business.
When we did our stretches, both(!) my upper arms cramped up at once, and I had to loosen up before I could continue. After a set of squats and pushups I had to bow out and get some water, as I felt like I could pass out at any moment. Furthermore my ukemi and the first techniques I did looked and felt horrible, and I was corrected on constantly. The instructor even told me that I looked like Steven Seagal at some point. :-D I've been wondering when that remark would come, as I have long hair (no offense to Seagal, I'm sure he is very good)
So I guess the morale of this story is, as if you didn't know already, remember to eat and drink before each class!
Other than that, it was a good session, and I felt really grateful for all the help I received from the sempais
This is a bit odd, writing a journal when you have as little experience as I do, but perhaps that is exactly why I should do it.
Although I started a year ago, I have only had a couple of months active Aikido due to exams and student exchange programs, but as I finished college 2 months ago, I have recently found the time and energy to take up Aikido again, and I'm loving it, even though I still feel like I don't know what the hell I am doing sometimes.
This journal will be an attempt to share my experiences with starting Aikido again after a long period of absense. (compared to my total training time)
I will try to keep this journal as updated as possible, and try to make an entry at least once a week, but let's see how it turns out :-)
I have training again tomorrow (later today that is...) and I'll write an entry just after that. I hope I can keep my energy up, as you can see from the date on top, I haven't exactly had a good night's sleep :-)
Anyway... Thanks for being patient, and please check back again later for my next entry, which should be here in a couple of hours