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My return on the mat was painful. Last thursday, I rolled on my rib cage and heard a "crack" Monday, I had severe pain breathing and I did an X-Ray. No broken rib but still severe pain (muscle pain?). I'm on medication since then. Really disturbing but it's the pain or the dizziness. in either way, I will not be able to continue Aikido for the following weeks but with medication, I'm no longer in pain. I'm glad my wife is retired from work due to pregnancy, she can drive me to work and pick me up at the end of the day since I'm probably a driving hazard.
I hope to be back on the mat before end of october but even with the best will in the world, my health is my first consideration.
Today was my first weapons class since my return... I did quite well overall. Still hurt from thursday missed ukemi but as long as I do the complete technique and don't try to stop or shortcut it in any way, I'm good since I don't have to stress my thoracic muscles.
We did Jo training, it was nice since I didn't get to train with a partner for the last two years.
One member of the dojo was there with his daughter for the kids class just before us. I wonder if my kid will love Aikido as much as his father in a few years... I certainly hope to bring him over a couple of times.
Between the kids class and ours, there is 30 minutes. I did some free practice (rolls) about 80. My original goal was 100 for the first time in 2 years but the mat became overcrowded so I decided to stop.
Missed my first ukemi yesterday. I was supposed to roll but instead I landed my elbow on the ground, my thorax landed into my elbow and it hurted badly. I had difficulty breathing for 3 seconds and then, I was about ok... Still hurt when I press on my side but I will survive! For the kids class, I was partenered with the oldest daughter of a friend who has 2 kids in the course.
Saturday will be more easy (usually weapons class) but we will see in due time.
New rule for me: On yokomen, do not forget to move your back leg being you. If you don't, you will be "opened" for a kick between the legs by your attacker.
After about 2 years off, I decided to get back on the mat. My first course was on tuesday. What an evening... rolling, falling, doing Ikkyo again as if I was new to the art... The difference between this first course and the very first time I did Aikido is that now, I know when I do something wrong.
It's nice however to meet again with the group and hear what's new in their life.
My second course is today and I feel a lilttle muscle pain from tuesday. I will go here today even if I feel sore. This pain is a good feeling...
Saturday will be the weapons class, I am eager to get there!