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ruthmc 05-12-2009 10:21 AM

Getting back on the tatami again
 
Hi all,

This Friday I'm getting back on the tatami again after 2 years and 7 months off, following a car accident which messed up my lower back.

Sensei and his most senior student talked with me about the practicalities, and I've been assured that I can roll out of all techniques (I cannot take high falls without risking further damage) :)

Of course I will be taking things slow and steady for a while, re-gaining my confidence, and getting back into training in an Aikido dojo again.

I'm afraid I will not be attending seminars as the risk of being sent flying by a tori who doesn't know my limitations is too high :(

Just before I had to stop, I was exploring all the subtleties of Aiki, so I'm really not bothered about going hell-for-leather again as that is not where my interests lie - been there got the T shirt etc ;)

Please wish me all the best for Friday, and a big HELLO to everyone who remembers me from Aikido-L and Aikiweb :D

Ruth

Ron Tisdale 05-12-2009 10:33 AM

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All the best, and welcome home!
B,
R

Peter Wong 05-12-2009 11:12 AM

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Welcome back and good luck!!

Rabih Shanshiry 05-12-2009 11:27 AM

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And I've been hemming and hawing over a brusied rib and strained shoulder tendon! Glad that you are getting back to the art - very inspirational. Best wishes for your training.

Pauliina Lievonen 05-12-2009 11:36 AM

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Welcome back Ruth!!

kvaak
Pauliina

Janet Rosen 05-12-2009 01:01 PM

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Ruth WELCOME BACK!!!
I began a similar journey back a little over a yr ago and have been very pleasantly surprised with the progress I've been able to make. I know many young, eager and healthy students would feel I'm not practicing "fully" but I'm kept totally engaged every time I'm on the mat exploring one or another of the puzzles and subtleties aikido has to offer, and grateful for each day I can train.

akiy 05-12-2009 02:25 PM

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Hi Ruth,

I hope that your re-entry onto the mat proves to be a satisfying and joyful one. Welcome back.

-- Jun

ninjaqutie 05-12-2009 04:49 PM

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Yay for you! I had a 2 year hiatus from training (nothing major like you had) and I truly missed it. Have fun!

ruthmc 05-13-2009 06:55 AM

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Thanks everyone :D

Great to hear from you again Pauliina, Janet and Jun - I have missed participating in the online discussions!

I'll let you know how I get on after class :)

Ruth

Marie Noelle Fequiere 05-13-2009 02:24 PM

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I believe that when you will be stepping on this mat again, O Sensei will be smiling.;)

GMaroda 05-13-2009 02:49 PM

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Hey, I came back after 10+ years (and no major injuries) recently. I'm sure as long as you watch what your body tells you you'll be fine!

Good luck on Friday and DON'T break a leg!

TomasCruz 05-14-2009 02:26 PM

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Quote:

Greg Maroda wrote: (Post 230023)
Hey, I came back after 10+ years (and no major injuries) recently. I'm sure as long as you watch what your body tells you you'll be fine!

Good luck on Friday and DON'T break a leg!

Hello everybody! This is my first post, I didn't know what to say in "Introductions Forum", so I didn't.

I, like Greg, "came back after 10+ years". In my case, it's 14 years, and I never made it to 6th kyu, but Aikido got into me... and never let go :)

But, unlike Greg, I did have a major injury. But, no point in whining in my first post :)

Anyway, good luck Ruth, and welcome back to learning this wonderful art!

ruthmc 05-15-2009 04:12 AM

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Quote:

Toma Krstić wrote: (Post 230100)
Hello everybody! This is my first post, I didn't know what to say in "Introductions Forum", so I didn't.

I, like Greg, "came back after 10+ years". In my case, it's 14 years, and I never made it to 6th kyu, but Aikido got into me... and never let go :)

But, unlike Greg, I did have a major injury. But, no point in whining in my first post :)

Anyway, good luck Ruth, and welcome back to learning this wonderful art!

Thank you Toma!

Wow - 14 years is quite some time :eek:

Congratulations on your return also, and welcome to the forum :)

Ruth

Bobby Cottle 05-15-2009 10:04 AM

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14 years is nothing! I was out for... let's see, carry the 1... Okay, only about 16 years. :-p

No injuries, just returned to the States and lived in a very awkward place to find Aikido. The one dojo I found quickly got on my nerves for being right-handed only, but I really quit because it was just too far to drive after a full day of work.

But I'm back in Japan now and there are actually choices! Wow. (I chose cheap and close, but it's still great fun.)

ruthmc 05-16-2009 05:36 AM

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Yay I survived! :cool:

On arrival I met Sensei in the car park, and he asked if I'd be ok with suwari-waza :hypno: I said yes, as it's less far to fall ;) but was wondering how my knees would cope, having done very little on them since my last class in '06...

Fortunately my legs, feet and ankles remembered what to do and moving about was ok, although seiza felt harder to maintain at first as the blood drained out of my legs instead of circulating as it should :grr:

Sensei took pity on us all and we also did some tachi-waza :) Ai-hanmi iriminage was my worst technique - it's partly a style change thing, I know perfectly well how to do it UKA style but my body still tries to default to previous versions! My favourite was a moving ai-hanmi nikyo - uke virtually puts the technique on himself :D

Halfway through class my hakama started to fall down :blush: Next time I must remember to tie the tapes much tighter, as they do slacken off once I start moving!

Today I ache (not unexpected) but it's a good ache, not an injured one :) Everyone was great in the class and I really enjoyed it :cool:

Looking forward to the next one!

Ruth

Peter Goldsbury 05-16-2009 06:27 AM

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Welcome back and good luck. I have never had to take two years off, but operations on knees and a wrist required some time off. There was a BAF summer school in Nottingham (this was around 1976, before the split between the UKA and the BAF). Chiba Sensei was the guest instructor. I was BAF Secretary and so was technically the organizer, but I still had crutches from a recent knee operation.

I mention all this because I looked at the website of your club, via the BAB website. What caught my eye was were the photographs of courses taught by Peter Brady and Steve Parr. Now that took me back a bit. I used to train with Peter Brady on occasional visits to the West Midlands.

Anyway, all the best for future training.

PAG

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Ruth McWilliam wrote: (Post 229940)
Hi all,

This Friday I'm getting back on the tatami again after 2 years and 7 months off, following a car accident which messed up my lower back.

Please wish me all the best for Friday, and a big HELLO to everyone who remembers me from Aikido-L and Aikiweb :D

Ruth


ruthmc 05-16-2009 10:25 AM

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Thanks Peter!

Yes, Wokingham Aikido makes a point of inviting guest instructors, and the Peter Brady Sensei course was one of the last ones I attended before the car accident.

Some of the photos show me taking ukemi for Sensei, which was always great fun :D Uke has to be on the ball for him!

Glad you enjoyed the photos and the memories they brought back :)

All the best,

Ruth

GMaroda 05-17-2009 06:22 PM

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Awesome news, Ruth! Minus the hakama issue! D'oh!

Janet Rosen 05-17-2009 08:00 PM

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Ruth, I'm just thrilled your first day back on the mats was safe and fun!

Bobby Cottle 05-17-2009 08:40 PM

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Quote:

Ruth McWilliam wrote: (Post 230235)
Halfway through class my hakama started to fall down :blush: Next time I must remember to tie the tapes much tighter, as they do slacken off once I start moving

I don't know how you tie yours, but in my dojo some (not all) people have a slightly different style. I had the same problem with my hakama falling down halfway through, but using this style makes it stay up no problem. Saves me a lot of embarrassment.

Basically, fold the front part down the inside, wrapping it over your belt. The front straps will have to be threaded through as well, but that's quickly done.

Generally, nobody notices any difference, save your pants don't show and you might not trip as much.

ruthmc 05-18-2009 04:38 AM

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Thanks everyone :D

The aches have finally subsided today, and my tube of arnica cream has come in very useful too ;)

Quote:

Robert Cottle wrote: (Post 230295)
I don't know how you tie yours, but in my dojo some (not all) people have a slightly different style. I had the same problem with my hakama falling down halfway through, but using this style makes it stay up no problem. Saves me a lot of embarrassment.

Basically, fold the front part down the inside, wrapping it over your belt. The front straps will have to be threaded through as well, but that's quickly done.

Generally, nobody notices any difference, save your pants don't show and you might not trip as much.

Hi Robert,

I do tuck the front of my hakama down inside my belt, and this has always helped a lot :) I think it was a combination of the suwari-waza and my not remembering how tight I needed to tie it on in the first place that caused the problem :o

This is my second second-hand hakama (I've never owned a new one!) and is probably just a little too long for me, but it's in reasonable condition so I'll stick with it for now :)

Ruth

Mary Eastland 05-18-2009 09:40 AM

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ruth...so good to hear of your experiences.
mary

Phil Van Treese 05-18-2009 02:28 PM

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I am glad we don't wear the hakama in Tomiki very much. Gets in the way when we do ground work. :-)


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