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I attended my first ever Tango lesson last night (it was actually a milonga session but as I've never done any Tango before it was all new). It was divine, and surprisingly uncreepy; I think that's the advantage of a fairly small class.
Having spent more time than is really sensible trying to obtain my partners balance, disrupt their centre with mine and then plant them on the floor (in a peaceful and at-one-with-the-universe fashion), all that lovely Aikido stuff that is so vital and yet so hard to master, I fancied a change of pace.
I fancied an activity that involved some music and plenty of time NOT defending myself. Tango being what it is though (a potentially Hot & Steamy Latin American dance) I'll probably spend more time defending my honour during a class than I ever have during Martial Arts training.
I think I've chosen to go about it the right way, mind.... Learn to throw a guy on his arse, then take up close and personal dancing with a partner, it gives a girl a certain sense of power.
Monday's Aikido session was a mixed bag. I got thumped randomly for missing my place in the Ukemi line up by the person who, being too close to the person in front, caused me to miss my turn in the line, but there we go! **meditates furiously....Psychic Egg, Psychic Egg, Psychic Egg** **then thinks sod it and sticks tongue out at person who thumped her**
I trained with Rw our "we shall, we shall not be moved" black belt with the only
Ah yes, thank you Sifu for your sage advice...regarding my Aikido instructors implicit request that I shelve Thursday Kung Fu in favour of an extra hours Aikido as preparation for my upcoming 1st kyu grading.
I wonder who would win if I set up a match? Aikido ...obviously.
Wednesday was another good session. My breakfalls are improving already. I decided the best thing for negative comments (from myself!) is just to bite my tongue and so far it seems be working.
Dave has promised to teach me the psychic egg (the Barefoot Doctor, can't help but love him!) in order to help me find my centre. I think that is my primary weakness.
there are details that I need to learn on techniques but it's my balance and posture that are undermining progress
shhhhhh, don't wake me up, I think I might actually have done a couple last night. Re-reading Lan's comment about facing the action suddenly makes sense. Thank You Lan!!
1st Kyu = Koshi nage. help me *drowns*
Last night was a damn good start though. Even if I did get a hefty smack in the stomach from My. *pout*
I must get back to Iaido, I love weapons work, plus I want to order an Iaito before the Home Secretary bans them. I'm willing to bet that if you did a study you'd find out a hell of a lot more people are attacked with kitchen knives and other, more random, domestic appliances.
ooh ooh ... aand ... I was Uke last night!
Bring it on.
or: the Seven Samurai
ah hahahahahaha!!! *cough*
Hello. Did ya miss me?
On Wednesday night we took our first official step towards 1st Kyu gradings. There's going to be 5 of us making the jump with two people as chief Ukes.... Damn it's going to be a hectic 18 months or so. Sorry make that 9 months... eep!
L sat us all (by 'us all' I mean 'four of seven' as three peeps weren't there!) down and we had a big long speach about all of us or none of us, no man left behind, honesty in dealing with strengths and weaknesses and something about carrots.
So... seven members of the club bound up in our next external grading. I was so excited I was just hugging myself. oooh! it's going to be so much fun and a proper goal to aim for and all that good stuff.
My main problems as pointed out by L (and agreed with completely by yours truely) was weak Ukemi and having a centre that's up around my ears.
D has contributed his copy of "The Barefoot Doctor's Handbook for the urban warrior" to my sanity fund and it is brilliant!! Finally I've got something about Taoism and meditation and getting a grip on my "inner street brawls" and my non-centred-centre.
sooo, for once this might actually become an Aikido Diary rather than a string of neurosis and boasting about other Martial Arts I've tried. Although whilst we're on that subject I attended a Kali Seminar last weekend. Brilliant stuff! Too scarey for me though, once was enough.