Kicks, kicks and more kicks. I had hoped that we do some kicking to get that extra bit of exercise. My balance felt good as well. Some nights that’s not the case, but for whatever reason the I was still and centered. Teacher started us off with side kicks and I’d forgotten how doing even 40 can be exhausting. He kept us going by then adding a second kick (lower) without touching the floor between. Presumably to break the habit of going to the floor, but definitely forcing work on balance. Unfortunately I was out of breath with minutes. I’ve returned to holding my breath?!
After break we pulled the matts out for a little ground work and minor aikido. I did the first rolls and falls in 4 to 6 months. It was like I’d never stopped, but I was very nervous about bending my spine. I ended up doing about 6 warm up rolls and stopped there. I took about 20 falls with no problems whatsoever.
The fascinating part of falls part of the evening was that Teacher had everyone work on falls and it was really nice to see everyone do a reasonably decent job. The worst thing was that folks just had a horrible tendency to reach back or bring the elbow down first. As main thrower I’d try to ease them down so they’d slap a bit instead of hit hard, but that was absolutely brutal to my back even with super great posture. I guess when we do this next time I’ll be doing a lot of dropping (of people).