Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Allegedly Still Practicing

So the busy season begins! We drive up to MD Thursday and then back to NC the next day along with the millions of other lemmings. I have been in training this week, stretching my stomach for maximum expansion on Thanksgiving. This reminds me of an exchange I had with Sensei a few years ago that went something like:

Me: "Hmm, I drove past McDonalds and weighed the possibilities.. Aikido or a Big Mac? Eating a Big Mac would lower my center!"
Sensei: "It would broaden your center."
Me: "Oh.. there's that."

Anyway, still working out, shifting my schedule around to take better advantage of the classes nearby. Carrboro is 10 minutes from my house, so I have no excuse to ever miss those 7AM classes (now Monday and Friday) except for my laziness. Sometimes there is a huge mental battle being waged! ".. me want sleep.." "No, I need to work out!" .. and so on.

Saturday was the first time I had seen Jory in a while. He is our ranking student (3rd dan) and I can always count on learning something when I work with him. He said I have been practicing (judging from my technique). I guess it's true that I have made some improvement in the last few months. It's difficult to see incremental changes though. I really don't focus on the need to advance though, like some people are driven to achieve whatever milestone by such and such a date. Really, it's just a joy to be able to work out at all. However, one milestone: I can dress myself! After a few months wearing hakama I can tie it reasonably well (read: it stays on).


Blogger uchi deshi said...

It can be very frustrating not to see improvements. I feel like I'm at a perpetual plateau. Congrats on the progress with the hakama! Occasionally, I still have to adjust mine during class.

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