Apparently, pain is just fear leaving the body

Boyohazard has posted a comment about his return to Aikido after a 6 year absence, and the aches he is suffering as a result. I can sympathise completely with Marc. I was unable to train for nearly 3 years; I finally returned to the mat last summer, after 2 years of physiotherapy (which I’m still undergoing now). Despite training regularly for nearly 9 months now, I still ache the next day. The only change seems to be that I recover faster.

The biggest problem with returning to the mat after an extended absence seems to be the lack of the slow build up of strength and flexibility that comes with starting from nothing. I returned to the mat as a blue belt, and despite my best efforts, sometimes it was almost impossible not to charge into techniques with the same energy and commitment I had before I was forced to stop training. To use a cliché my brain was writing cheques my body couldn’t cash. Even after 9 months, I still haven’t fully recovered the stamina and (more importantly) the flow of technique that I had 3/4 years ago.

Last night was my first ever session on the advanced (blue belt and above) class at the Phoenix, and though I survived (I even did a few things quite well) I also had a clear demonstration of how far I have to go, even to get back to the standard of my current grade, let alone attempting my next belt.

On a side note, how cool is the name Boyohazard?

2 Responses to “Apparently, pain is just fear leaving the body”

  1. Marc Says:

    “Pain is just fear leaving the body” – what an apt description!

    I actually made it to Shodan before I was forced to give up Aikido but Wednesday seemed like I was starting from scratch. It wasn’t from forgetting the techniques but rather the lack of mobility and flexibility as you mention. I guess I could do with some Reiki!

    “On a side note, how cool is the name Boyohazard?” Thanks! Quite fitting for a Welsh Aikidoka wouldn’t you agree!?

  2. Richard Says:
    “Pain is just fear leaving the body” – what an apt description!

    I thought it was a quote from Bruce Lee, but looking round on the ‘net, it looks like I misquoted Enson Inoue. It seems the original quote is “pain is weakness leaving the body”.

    It wasn’t from forgetting the techniques but rather the lack of mobility and flexibility as you mention.

    My Sensei mentioned last night that it’s not the techniques that you forget, but the timing. Mind you, my dismal performance in a randori from Hanmi Handachi Waza exposed quite a few holes in my technique library too. :(

    “On a side note, how cool is the name Boyohazard?” Thanks! Quite fitting for a Welsh Aikidoka wouldn’t you agree!?

    Flippin’ genius, mate.

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