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The gymnasium where we conduct our classes will stay permanently closed beginning this weekend (and torn down, how sad).  I only had the chance to practice there for roughly a year.  Classes are put on hold until we find a new location for our dojo.  Hopefully we’ll be up and running again by mid-December (or the start of next year at the very least).  As far as I know, no one else in my area has morning classes and I’m going to miss the early morning stretch and all the aikidoka.

I’m not sure what I’m going to do until the dojo opens again, though.  I could go to another place but I have this fear of practicing in other dojos.

Anyway, I had fun during practice yesterday.  It was a little longer than our usual classes.  Like always, I kept messing the techniques up the entire time.  We did some throws from ryokata dori and yokomenuchi and had a few good stretches for cooling down towards the end.  They must’ve required the use of a different set of muscles because I am sooore.

That’s all.  Now it’s time for me to rest.  Good night!

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We haven’t done any weapons training for aikido class lately because of the exam preparations so I decided to use it as a bokken to practice the basic movements.  I did it outside since I didn’t want to suffer the consequences of accidentally hitting something inside the house.  

It probably wasn’t a very good idea though.  The moment I started, our dogs joined in.  I forgot that sticks meant playtime for them.  Not in the yey-let-me-fetch-the-stick type of playtime, but more of hooray-its-the-bad-guy-with-the-stick-from-protection-training-let’s-rough-house.

So much for practice, oh well.

I went back to Aikido class after skipping for more than a week.  I got the biggest surprise when I saw an unfamiliar face walking with my sempais when I arrived.  It turns out that the founder of our dojo is back from Japan (although he’s Italian).  I heard that he was known for being a very strict instructor, and it was my first time meeting him.  No one told me he was coming.  Argh.  

Imagine my horror, coming from barely 4 hours of sleep and rusty from not practicing.  I was really unprepared.  It was a good thing that I took my sensei’s advice and arrived early.  

It went better than I expected, though.  He stuck to the basic techniques and I got corrected twice.  I didn’t finish the class because I had to leave early for work.  It would’ve been nice to have been there up until the end— I’m curious as to what else he was going to teach.  Oh well.

So… that’s all for now.  Good night everyone.  🙂

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