How's it going TD? Long time no see eh? How is the martial arts training going? I got a nice set of samurai swords and daggers i'll post them soon.
tenshinaikidoka;205477 said:So how was the test??????? I hope it went well!!!!
TDWoj;157515 said:Brief update: I spoke to the head instructor, did not name names (although she knows it was Whiz Kid who whacked me in the back), asked that the instructors discuss among themselves and afterwards to the students about mat safety, particularly in crowded mat situations. She agreed that it was a good idea.
Things are improving on the physical front. The cotton-woolish feeling of numbness in my legs has subsided quite a bit. I still get the tinglies, but not as much. I've decided to take this week off from training, though I might go in to watch a class or two, depending on how much work comes in this week. I'll be back in class on Saturday.
I've come far in just a year, I don't want to give it up! So best be careful and take things slow. I'm still planning on taking my 5th kyu test in March, if all goes well.
(I hope the CT scan doesn't reveal anything too horrible that would bollux things up.)
Donald Lee Wilkey;206766 said:TDWoj
at your level of experience in aikido does it still exhilerate you to simply sit in seiza on the dojo mat and watch others practice aikido? Does it also bring you any motivational thoughts to your physical well-being concerning your injuries these days?
Positive visualizations and imagery helps me to continue limbering my wounded knee and it's surrounding ligaments so that one day I may return to an aikido dojo and take up practice again
I usually practice through my injuries until I reach a point where I have to sit out; I can't sit zaiza longer than a minute because of my ankles, but it's an improvement over when I started.
Watching is important; I watched the advanced class for nearly two years before I joined it. I learned a lot: mostly it was watching how the students DIDN'T do what the instructor was teaching (this happens a lot at seminars, I find, as well). Watching others also lets me focus on taking the technique apart: the feet, the hands, the body position.
I watch a lot of YouTube aikido videos; those are helpful as well.
I hope you are exercising the body as well as the mind and spirit so that you can get back into practice.