Archive for the 'Aikido' Category

It’s all in the Timing

Friday, September 12th, 2008

Just nine days until my Dan grading, and now my left knee is so painful that I can’t put any weight on it. I’m icing it, resting it, and pinning my hopes on a fast recovery. I need to be able to start training again by the end of next week, or I’m in the [...]

Double Edged Sword

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

Having a baby just a few weeks before my Dan Grading is certainly proving to be something of a double edged sword. On the downside, getting to the training sessions three times a week is difficult; Edward keeps us very busy, especially at night, and a continued lack of sleep isn’t a recipe for feeling [...]

The Same, But Different

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

The Phoenix Aikido Club has a very nice new mat, replacing the trusty, ageing, increasingly patched mat that has been down for at least the last 15 years as far as I can remember. The new mat is the same blue, but has a lot more tooth to it, so breakfalls feel quite different. It’s [...]

Phoenix Aikido Club Calendar 2008

Saturday, January 26th, 2008

I’ve added all the currently scheduled events for 2008 at the Phoenix Aikido Club to my iCal calendar. You can view the calendar in your browser, or if you are an iCal user, you can subscribe here. I would like to draw your attention to the events of this particular month.

An endless road

Wednesday, March 14th, 2007

I have been pondering the changes I’ve experienced in the last few years of my Aikido training. I’ve reached the rank of 1st Kyu (brown belt), and should be taking my Dan grade (black belt) in September 2008. I am now considered to be a “high grade” student, with a good knowledge of a broad [...]

Spirited defence

Monday, March 12th, 2007

Well done to everyone who passed their gradings with weekend at the Phoenix Aikido Club. The standard this time was very high; the 4th Kyu (orange belt) gradings in particular were very impressive. Not only did everyone perform the techniques to a high standard, there was also a really good, positive spirit that is really [...]

Gradings again

Tuesday, March 6th, 2007

Grading weekend again at the Phoenix Aikido Club on March 11th. Good luck to everyone taking their next belt, especially my Mum’s husband John, who will be taking his 4th Kyu (Orange Belt) on Sunday. It’s nice to be approaching a grading weekend safe in the knowledge that all I’ll be doing is watching. I [...]

Blue is still the colour

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Well, I failed my brown belt grading yesterday in quite spectacular fashion. Frustratingly, it wasn’t my technique that let me down, it was my bloody ridiculous metabolism. It was a really long grading, and I had been sitting on the mat for almost 3 hours before my name was called. Unfortunately, this is just too [...]

Uplifting class

Wednesday, March 1st, 2006

After my disastrous class at Aikido on Sunday, last night’s class was much better. I didn’t have to do a Keiko, but Sensei Brian called me up twice to perform techniques in front of the class. The first time was random techniques called out by Sensei and the other Dan grades. Luckily I remembered all [...]

It doesn’t bode well

Monday, February 27th, 2006

I’m feeling a bit depressed today after any embarrassingly bad performance in a two man Keiko at Aikido yesterday. My brown belt grading is less than two weeks away now, so I really need to pull my finger out if I’m not going to show myself up on the day. In my defence, I’ve only [...]