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I seem to be developing a major crush on my Iaido instructor! ah well. Although, if you think too hard it could get depressing, it's rather fun to have a bit of unrequited lust happening. Adds a certain delicious tang to a lesson, watching him perform seitei what ever... I'm sure if I put my mind to it I could wrestle him away from his girlfriend but I wont. Least not at this early stage!
*cough* anyway... enough of this inappropriate talk...
There's a seminar at the end of February and hopefully I will be going for my first Iaido Grading at the end of January so we're speeding along in Iaido.
Aikido (for me at least) will remain fairly level as the club is concentrating on getting "Club Uke" his first Dan grade! No bad thing mind you. The more general training I get the better!
I think I have pissed someone off as they go out of their way to avoid practising with me. I think I know why too. I will apologise if I can get her alone but other than that, not sure if I can do anything else about it. I know she got caught in the cross fire caused by the usual explosion of anger (from me) that happens when yet AGAIN I can't do the breakfall over things and injure myself in the process of trying. dammit.
I will have to look up some sort of meditation course, get a grip on Missus Angry Pants and learn to accept and try again rather than judging...constantly. Although I could start to practise Iaido at home once I have the space because it's basically
So... What was your best moment of 2005? Aikido related or otherwise...?
I should have gone to the pub with the guys after Aikido last night. I spend so much time bitching about having no-one to hang out with, no-one to go places with, and when I get invited out I say no thanks. Sheesh! Not my brightest of years 2005.
I had an idea for a between Christmas and New Year Party... The Fight Club Party. Bring your favourite movie fight scene with you and we can all argue over whose is best. Have a muck around in the garden. Defence from twiglet you fiend!! It would be cool. I might canvas people for ieads... (I've never hosted a party before! eep)
and STILL the whole concept of breakfalling over stuff kills me. I knackered my shoulder trying to get over a foam snake of all things. I swore at My which went down well. Way to go with the Christmas spirit Frac.
All in all though 2005 has been a great year on the MA front. When L listed everyone who had graded it was amazing... soooo many of us! A new Dan grade amongst us as well, Rw is such a love! So great of him to invite us all to join him with the Sealed Knot... What with that and a holiday together at Butlin's it's been a busy year. I hope I can be involved in the club's anniversary in 2007.
Two new MA's in one year. I could even have done my first grading in Iaido if I'd been so inclined! 10th kyu apparantly. Yikes, that's a lot of grades to wade through, mind you Den reckoned with a couple of les
How does Aikido rate as stress relief? I'd say it rates pretty high.
In a normal week I go to Aikido two nights, Kung Fu (now) one night and Climbing and Iaido one night each. That's 5 nights out of 7doing some mad sport or other. they are stress relief for different reasons.
Iaido, for me anyway, requires complete concentration. It's not that I don't concentrate in the others ... but Iaido is so nit picky and precise I really have to be concentrating or I just stand there, one arm in the air, not having a clue which foot goes where next. This provides one form of stress relief, the mental sort.
Kung Fu, with it's partly mental "Ching mai what now?" and partly physical, "we have to do how many sit-ups?"
Aikido, my beloved confusing mix of free flowing movements and utter confusion...
Climbing is the only one that is entirely physical. It's entirely instinctual, I don't have a level I have to be at for any particular grading, there are no hoops I have to jump through and I only learn moves in that someone might shout advice and I try a different way of moving. The simplicity of it is glorious.
Stress relief is what I could really do with right now.. but I can't get to my classes. I have no heating, the academics are wanting 35 books ordered in the Christmas rush for a course that starts in January, I haven't written my chartership nor any christmas cards, I still have a bunch of presents to buy and I have a mortgage meeting (can you smell the fear
It was the Christmas meal last night. Twenty of us turned up from various places... Including a guy I have never seen... he must go to the Thursday sessions!
2 pints of Cider and I'm anyone's... I am sooooo going to miss this class. I will try and go as often as possible but I'm going to be another 20 odd miles away and a class that finishes at 10pm will mean I arrive home in the middle of the night.
I've looked up the local club in the town I'm moving to and they seem, as Ry said, a bit drippy. It's all Ki development and "dynamic relaxation". say wha? "Dynamic relaxation"? what's that all about then? You mean we actually get to stand up and do stuff...? Crumbs. it might work for some but I'm the impatient type. Make me stand still for too long and I start futtering (pronounced footering by the way, Rd just could not pronounce it last night), that's Glaswegian for fiddling.
Thing is though, I guess that's the next stage anyway... the philosophical angle needs a bit of work, a bit of research, not to mention learning the history. If I want to be in it for the long haul I should know a bit more about it all.
I just don't know that I could handle not doing dynamic Aikido. I might as well take up meditation classes.
Oh well I will enjoy our Yoshinkan/Aikikai/Traditional version of Aikido while it lasts.
Have decided I want Ry and Rn on my desert island as well! How about an Aikido Island that would be good. Them plus the Sealed Knot who I barely kno
Is it all in the mind? No...but most of it is. As someone, whose name I've forgotten, once said, "whether you think you can or you think you can't, you're right".
The destructive power of those little voices that tell you you're not quite good/funny/attractive enough is awesome. They can destroy everything from a breakfall to a relationship. (or should that be the other way round in priority on an Aikido Site!? )
Heading towards my thirties things are getting better. Thanks go to jf for reminding me how lucky I am...
5-ish hours of Aikido on Sunday has lead to me walking a little lop-sidedly... We had the Kai Shin Kai Head Instructor giving our class a private session! Only one guy from Reading turned up; everyone else was Devises Budo. We Rule.
It's nice sometimes to just experiment. I love having a go, adapting and changing things to see how they fit to each circumstance. It was great partnering the guy from Reading as he helped me see that even though you're practising the same initial move (Gakyu), each time Uke can react slightly differently resulting in a different throw or lock. Zed was good fun too EVEN though he poked me in the throat with a Jo.... the fact that it was probably my fault (moving too late) is besides the point!
Last night I nearly came to blows with Sensei because he said I was a typical woman unable to translate move from one side to another. I then threatened him with a slap. I really was NOT in the mood for all that generalisation rubbish. He then practised with someone else for the rest of the night. heee! oops. Ah well, I'm a brittle, short tempered person, far too easy a mark. He should pick S to wind up, she's much more mellow. But then, I guess, where would the fun be. Paddington the Stress Bear.
I have an ambition to go on a Buddhist retreat. I really like the idea of trying meditation in a place designed for that purpose. I need a bit of calm and a bit of focus in my life... I have picked a martial art 2nd only to Tai Chi in term
Althought in truth I think it's only been about two weeks since my last Aikido session. Kung Fu seriously over stretched my back, so whilst I can jump around, punch bags and wave swords in the air (both boken and Iaito) I've been nervous about breakfalling.
I think maybe I NEED my weekly head thump though because my neck has been incredibly stiff. Off to the Physio again I think...
It's been a long time since I've had a session as good as teh one last night. For a while now Aikido has just been passing the time. I've had fun finally getting to know everyone at Butlins and just learning about people but Aikido itself has just been drifting.
Last night suddenly the dynamism was there, my centre was lower. I still finish most moves tottering around like I'm half-cut but it was much better than usual.
Now, however, I'm shagged! and not in a good way. My upper arms are both bruised from Ryote higi dori and I'm dangerously close to falling asleep at the front desk and drooling all over my keyboard.
Saturday night was spent watching Twin Warriors/Tai Chi Master. The fight scenes were ludicrous! I may have to get my own copy from somewhere...
Have been to the aforementioned Kung Fu class.
It now hurts every time I breathe, which is a new and exciting development. Worth every wince though. It will be interesting to see how I get on in Aikido tonight.
To misquote Forrest Gump, "Martial arts are like a box of chocolates... in reverse." They appear different from the outside but when you look a bit closer there are moves and philosophies at the centre that are very similar. Already I can see one of the guards/blocks looks very much like Ikyo.
The best thing is, I can feel my centre lowering already. There are times when I've been convinced I've had ear trouble, my sense of balance is so bad!
I managed to whack my Iaido Instructor on the hand with a boken (beginners luck!). Spent last night throughly confused, getting help from two students who were off the mat to one side. Them "right foot back" ,"turn left","diagonal cut", Me "wha...?", "oh dear", "oops".
And can I just say (to whoever runs this site) I love the halloween Kanji on the homepage.
Anyway I went to watch a Kung Fu class and will be returning next week to take part. So, three martial arts running simultaneously, it's a hard life I lead
Aikido was pretty good last night. I have leant Sensei L my copy of House of Flying Daggers. All people should witness at least once the unadulterated gorgeousness that is Ziyi, Andy and Takeshi kicking arse in a Zang Yimou film. It's ludicrous, but you're watching it for the eye candy not the deep and meaningful life lessons; that you need Crouching Tiger for.
Now ... to get those backwards Ukemi. If I can nail those I can be a good Uke and if I can be a good Uke everything else is practically window dressing!