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At least on the part of "Club Uke" anyway.
He is now a fully paid up mamber of the Dan Grade fraternity. Well deserved adn about time too
It was a looooooong day, Definately another Mooney grading, what with 27 people being put through their paces. The man from Reading asked why we weren't Ukes. Fear that's why!
(If I ever got the chance to time travel I would use it to go back in time and meet my 18 year-old self. I would kick her arse like nobodies business. Things like "you might think doing that task is scarey but there is NOTHING as scarey as wondering what you might have missed, what you could have done, how good you might have been, who you could have met and made friends with, why you didn't keep in touch", "mistakes are how you improve and learn"...all the usual self help stuff.) I've editted this three times to try and stop it sounding so naff!!
I wonder if I'd listen though.
I must volunteer to be UKE. Anyone who reads this has my permission to kick my arse if I don't. I've been loosing focus during lessons which doesn't help. I find that I've been kneeling down watching Sensei and then when he shouts tachi I can't remember what has just been shown. I'm off thinking about my house and about work and 100 other neuroses about things. I can remember the outline of what has been shown but not the details. So much for being a senior grade.
It was like a mass Mooney wedding, except for the throwing people around the mat aspect. Five people graded; two 5th Kyu; one 4th Kyu; two 3rd Kyu.
I was an average uke... as normal. It was pointed out how our now 4th kyu would have had a better time with more positive attacks! Ach well. One day, maybe in my next life time, I'll be good at Ukemi.
The depressing thing is it's all I want to be good at, the ukemi. If I can land well I can attack well and if I can attack well I can improve everything else.
If I'm not good enough for 4th kyu there's not a chance I'm good enough to Uke for a 1st Dan grading, but there's next to no-one else. Two of my fellow bluebelts are always away with their jobs and our previous successful Dan grade has a busted knee which leaves My, S and me. Oh well at least that's TWO good ukes!
Sensei gave us a talking to about positive thinking and that what you hold in your mind is how you will live. I wish I wasn't lazy by nature! It's bloody hard to be positive when the one thing holding you back is the thing you find hardest.
I MUST go to the Ki Society. I need the extra Ukemi practice desperately. I must get better than this... and there in lies the problem. I'm not talking about working hard or enjoying things or anything positive I'm just talking about "must do this, must do that." blah blah
If only the grading was in September, I might stand a chance then.
The fact that I spent all this morning with my head down a to
I have been living in my new flat for about 5 weeks now. I am going to have to become a budgetting goddess if I'm going to survive. I got a bank statement on Monday night shortly before Aikido. Surprisingly enough... I never made it out the house!