I may have mentioned in the past that where I live we have rare decent weather. I’m talking counting on both hands the amount of connected days of nice weather in the last five years. This is a price we pay living where we do, but something strange happened this year. We actually have nice weather for once. And it’s been going on for three weeks. Weird.
I’m only mentioning this because the local sport is to determine people’s moods by how bad or how good the weather had been. The standard mode is that people tend to stay home when it’s really bad out or go play when the weather is nice. This makes class suffer, but no one complains because we all understand.
So, at the end of three weeks of sunshine class consisted of me, a sister and one of the old black belts. The minimal class can be very much like a private lesson, but the intensity is demanding. I get frustrated being corrected and corrected over and over again on a move that I’d rather use muscle on instead of proper technique. That, and I feel old and creaky. At least Teacher and the other BB where in the same place. The sister probably laughed to herself at our constant litany of discomfort.
We broke from our standard drills to practice more reality based stuff. Basically infighting. Use of elbows and knees with a ridge hand or hammer fist thrown in for fun.
The 2nd half of class was lock and throw review (aikido). I was partnered with sister and she is so frustrating to work with. I just played teacher to her and went over all the basics. Every time I do the techniques on her there is no effect. Her flexibility makes 99% of our moves worthless. When we rotated I went over to Teacher and dropped him in a half second with too much force – we both realized that you try so hard with Sister that you end up overdoing it for everyone else.
Dang I’m sore.