It turns out I won’t be testing for the next level at Kokikai Aikido winter camp. I won’t have the minimum number of class hours logged in time that are needed, and rather than cramming hours in a month and a half, I’m going to test during summer camp instead. As some of you may know, I had trepidations about testing before I was ready last time; this time, I managed to get some slack, and I intend to practice wholeheartedly in preparation for June.
In class yesterday, we practiced tenchi-nage, also known as the heaven-and-earth throw. In this throw, differences in height between partners is to my disadvantage. (There are plenty of throws in which being small is advantageous to me, though.) I’ve learned to do an effective workaround with this technique when I am the thrower (nage), but as uke (receiver of the throw), there’s not much I can do except look mean and growl, which caused one of my partners to double over and laugh uncontrollably. I had to laugh, too– the guy was at least a foot and a half taller than me.
My world has gone shaky otherwise, so keeping centered and having a sense of humor is very much needed right now.
Knitting a shawl for my sister– got the pattern and yarn yesterday by mail. It looks like fun.