About The Following Blog

The following blog has been written purely for those wanting a first hand knowledge of what it is like to step into the dojo for the first time as a complete beginner as a Martial Artist. Through practising a Martial Art, you will gain many things such as self-confidence, self-respect and life-long and good friends. I hope this helps you to see into an amazing world of which you have never seen before and that I have had the privilege of belonging to and knowing.
Although I have not put my name or any name to this blog, it does deserve a dedication- a dedication to those who help people to train, who teach, reassure and most important of all- those who never give up, no matter how many times they hit the ground or a mental brick wall, with themselves or others. But above all- those who are ready to begin their own journey, it begins with one step….

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Chapter 74: A New Year, A New Way

So here we are again. A lot has happened since my last post, namely I have had my 4th Laporoscopy and have recovered reasonably well. And for anyone wondering if the surgery has made me pain free- um, no. If anything the endometriosis is worse than ever.

I have returned to participating in ukemi and attempting (when pain levels permit) to train twice a week. I think I am an odd 1st Kyu preparing for Shodan, the most difficult thing I find about training at the moment is that some ukemi and some of the Koryu kata can be painful not remembering what I have to do in each technique!

Anyway, due to the fact that there are some aspects of Aikido training are nigh near impossible for me to perform at the moment - I have found a new martial practice, Iaido.

I didn't just decide to do Iaido because I am struggling with Aikido at the moment, I also have always loved the sword and Jo work I have done. My only regret is that I don't get to use my weapons in the dojo enough.

Iaido may seem a strange art to practice. One thing that was strange at first was the fact there are no opponents - it is a non contact art. But I am really enjoying Iaido, I am finding that it is feeding back into my Aikido practice and it doesn't aggravate my pelvic pain. A lot of things we do in Aikido make more sense now!

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