Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Look out kids, Mommy's on a roll!!

That's right! For the first time in 15 years, Mommy is rolling around on the aikido mats again! A small aikido dojo opened up in nearby Naruto, and I've finally got myself over there to (somewhat sporatically) practice again.

It's amazing how one's body remembers the important stuff, like how to roll, turn, and fall. As for the rest, I'm a ground level beginner. The techniques I once knew so well are now a vague blur, and only the names sound familiar. True to the form of aikido, the practitioners are all wonderful people, and are very welcoming and helpful. I myself am struggling with the memories of having done it all hard and fast, versus the reality of my 37 year old overweight out-of-shape body now.

Kai has decided to join me, and enjoys the kids' sessions. Sensei is impressed with Kai's progress, as am I. I'm (very) slowly starting to recall my basic movements, and can usually get through the class without too many embarrassing blunders. It sure feels good to be back though!

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