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Had another randori session. I have this love-hate relationship with randori. I think it looks incredibly beautiful and it really displays aikido at its best sometimes. But it's always not that easy being uke for me as my ukemi skills at high breakfalls still leave much to be desired.
Nevertheless, being nage, gives me a lot of practice and last Wednesday was no exception. I don't think I did as well as I did the last time but I figure it's one of those things, the more I practice, the better I will get at it.
This time I had two very good guys be my ukes and one very good woman...all senior to me and I think they did pace it a bit to suit my ability. Ended up doing a lot of turning on the spot repeatedly cos I always seemed to have two ukes about to attack so I was thinking in retrospect, I'm pretty sure I made some mistakes there and should have tried moving away a bit! Would have made it harder for me to get so surrounded.
About 1 in 3 people I know is sick in Singapore or it could be closer to 1 in 2. It's like an epidemic but as it's a mild thing in intensity, most people just kinda go about normal and no one rings the alarm bells, thank goodness. For anyone who's had to live through the SARS epidemic, the city kinda went a bit neurotic and hysterical well after the danger had passed its peak.
So anyway, to cut a long story short, i'm sick. But die-hard enough to finally show up for class after a week of not going to class. And then discovered that about 1/3 of the class was recently or was sick like me. And like me were die hard enough to show as soon as the symptoms showed any sign of abating. I did wonder before I went if I should show up but I also figured well, it's so prevalent and the people who show up for aikido aren't high risk groups and have already probably been exposed to this. Plus by now I must have developed some level of resistance so they'd get half dead germs which is the best kind to get.
Despite that, the class was packed. 20 people I counted which for a Friday class is a record for the last 2 years. ( I should add that our normal classes for other days of the week numbers more around 50...so it's only the aikido diehards who burn their friday nights at the dojo )