Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two (aghrivaine) wrote,
Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash: Pick Two

First night back

The first half of the class was actually iaido, not Aikido.

It turns out that aiki sword technique and iai sword technique are vastly different. How do I know?

Well, while the rest of the class were practicing kata, I was just working on the basic draw-and-cut. Then I just started doing cuts - high, mid, low.

Sensei walked over and said in a tone of voice like you might use with a wheel-chair bound  Special Olympics athlete trying to do a pole vault, "Oh, that won't work at all."

Anyway. Three hours of class. The style is very different than what I'm used to, but it was a heck of a workout and I'm glad I'm going to get back in both practice and shape. It will be good to be sharp again - focused, centered, fit. This style is much more "soft" than Ki-no-Kawa. That's neither a good or bad thing, just different. It depends more on a cooperative uke, but this also means that uke has more to do. Since we spend at least half our time as uke, I'm sure I'll learn a lot about leading and following with attention, rather than muscle and leverage.

I did something bad to my bum shoulder though, (probably my thousand practice cuts...) and today I have perpetual dead-arm in my right arm, like when I sleep on it wrong. Only it's not waking up. One hopes this isn't a permanent condition, it turns out that although I'm nominally left-hand dominant, I do almost everything right-hand dominant. Simple tasks like shaving and brushing my teeth are rather hard.

I think the gym and the hot tub are calling to me tonight.

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