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Yep. Tonight at my Dojo I will be testing for 5th Kyu. Sensei said that I will pass, but I am still nervis ( i cant eev spell that right ) Before the test, I just have to go over some last minut things. I know I will pass...
This entry isn't really Aikido related, but I feel that it tests my Aiki anyway.
One of the people whi treated me like crap at my work, just up and quit for no reason. I asked the manager if this meens that I'll be promoted, and he basically said "Hell No!" in his own words. I've been there for about 3 years now, and I had to ask for a raise 2 1/2 years after starting, and even then It was basically not even worth asking for because it was a small amount. My feancee works part time, and makes more money than I do working full time (i'm setting a stage for the differences in employers). She gets raises basically every quarter year. We are trying to save up to get a place together, but its hard when we are both classified as working poor. How doublesided this world is. You need money to get money.
In the dojo last night, Sensei had us all kiai for about 98% of the class. I liked it, because, I wasn't the onlyone kiai'ing for a change. Sensei normally does, but as far as students, I'm pretty much the one doing the kiai for the majority (espesially during bokken work). After class, a 3rd kyu and I where talking, and got to doing nikkiyo and sankiyo for about an hour outside of the dojo going over the finer points of the techniquics. ANd then we got to talking about hydrogen powered cars and how the govedrnmet would dislike them being in full use because they have to much stock in oil. THEN sensei (around 10:15 pm) came back to the dojo and said "you guys still here?" (class ends around 8 pm here). It was fun. I learned alot.
Hello one and all.
Yep, its that time again. Sensei is ready to do Kyu testing at the end of September, and I need to train hard. Going in on the weekends, and training during any free-time I have. Man, I love training! I'll be testing for 5th Kyu, and soon my fiancee will be testing for 6th Kyu. I'm looking forward to all of my tests. I wounder what testing for ShoDan will be like...
Well, Doing the 1st bokken suburi was hard on train tracks. But the first 10 moves of the 31 Jo kata where easier!!! Isn't that weird? Irimi is hard as well! My Fiance was able to do irimi tencan easier than me. Oh well. I will just keep training on train tracks to help me with ballance, lowewring my center, and to look cool too! (not really, but it is fun)
A wise man once said "To defeat the enimy, use their arrogance against them." Although Kojimada was not famous, he was a wise and skilful Samurai.
Today is wednsday. Weapons day at Our Dojo. and I am glad we did bokkens! I love the sword, a real mans weapon. I learned alot, and that is good. My feance learned alot, and that is good. Today was just good all around. Alot better than my last entry. I think I was just venting. I don't do that enough, if at all. But I think Bokken work will help with that.
I'm going to try to do Irimi foot work and Irimi tenkan on railroad traks tomorrow. ANd some Bokken Suburi too, to help with ballance. That should be fun, and If thair are any good pics, I'll post them!
Train Hard, but be soft.
"Harsh realities clash against a frail mind in the midst of utter internal chaos. The "challace" that is the inner-most core of ones self trying to be put back together, but is broken once more." -Troy Copes
This is how I feel everytime I go to work. Aikido has helped me alot in saving my life from my place of employment, but it just isn't enough. I have some bad habits (non-drug related, but as addicting as anything else, and sekf eroding). I try to quit. And it works for a few days, then evil tries to lure me back in; and another battle is lost. All of my life, I've walked the narrow line between myself, and my unknown self. Trying to keep myself in check is becomming harder. Meditation, what used to be my only haven from evil, offers no longer sanctuary; my mind working the next move buzzes around like a wasp guarding a secret.
I know that I am stronger than what I am; than who I am. When I am at the Dojo, I can feel deep within my inner-core, a power waiting to burst forth, but I am afraid. I am afraid of what might come... what might be after the transformation from self to SELF. I have anger that has gathered for 20 years, from schoolyard bullies, to close family being violated, to co-workers emotional abuse. I fear that it is the anger that is waiting to burst forth, and take over. But what if...
What if it is actually my true power, my true TRUE SELF. Reforged through the power of Bushido and Aiki. What if, it will bring a calm to my being that I have so lo