6.28.2017

Volleyball, 0-3

Opponent: Young Balla's

The scores were along the lines of 16-21, 14-21, 8,15

We came back from 8-18 down to be 16-18 down, I think.  We played well, but they were better.  I did not expect us to be that close.

6.26.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Started working on gumbo for the reunion
Lunch at Habanero's with K
Dropped the truck off at McRee
More gumbo work

Saturday:

Up early to load up for reunion
Tweaked back while loading
Drive to reunion
Reunion
Drive back from reunion
Collapse

Sunday:

Wake up lateish
Rest my back.
Make salsa with veggies from reunion silent auction
Grill burgers

6.23.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/22/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, Willie, and Tabitha

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and did pretty well.

I worked with Randy a bit on the double-bokken stuff from San Kata.

Then worked with Willie on 6 & 7 form Ju Nana Hon Kata.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.22.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/21/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 2 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

No walking practice tonight

A series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

Straight attacks with the bokken (72), attacks for oshi taioshi (72), attacks for shihonage (72), attacks for Ai gamaeate (72).

No pushups tonight, had two volleyball games Tuesday and was a bit worn out..

Commentary:

Not certain why Trey did not show up.  Tropical Storm Cindy was approaching landfall.

6.21.2017

Volleyball, 0-3, 0-3

Opponent: I'd hit that

19-21, 14-21, 7-15 (approximately).  A decent match.

Opponent: Aceholes

Another good match, but we still did not threaten to win a game.

6.19.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Grazia Italian solo
Meeting at Morgan Stanley
Picked up the repaired Flex
Worked on bench for reunion
Trip to the beach with K, D, and the dogs

Saturday:

Blueberry pancakes
Banking
Class at new dojoMore work on the bench
Work on the album shelves for Ron
Dinner at El Centinela with K.
Sunday:

Stain album shelves for Ron
NapCollege World SeriesMower to rental
Take Waldings car to O'Reilly for elctrical check
Astros v. Red Sox on tv

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/17/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Trey

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

Not today.

Releases:

We played with the first 4 releases. We talked about different approaches to teaching them and teaching the principles behind them.

Techniques:

Before Trey arrived, I did a series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

After Trey's arrival, and discussing releases, etc., we did some work on the first 3 techniques of Ju Nana Hon Kata. We did lots of discussion in between, kibbitzing as well as discussion of teaching approaches.

Commentary:

I was wrong about Trey making a trip to the deer lease and he made an appearance.

We spent most of the class talking about how we wanted to structure classes in some way, shape or form. I'm not certain we came up with a set approach, but we're going to try a slightly less regimented approach to class. I'd like to try that, and I'm going to try that, but I also know I'm very likely to fall back into a by-the-numbers approach, that's just how I'm wired.

6.16.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/15/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and those went ok.  We then went through Koryu Dai San: kneeling, standing, tanto, bokken, and jo.  I think we did really well on all of it.  Of course, there's always room for improvement.

The stuff we need to work on now, mainly, is presentation.  Maintaining a relationship with joseki, maintaining awareness about our location on the mat and where we'll be sending uke so that we don't throw each other into a wall.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.15.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/14/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and slaps.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

No walking practice tonight

Straight attacks with the bokken (72), attacks for oshi taioshi (72), attacks for shihonage (72), attacks for Ai gamaeate (72).

Next a series of regular attacks with the jo (72). Followed by a couple of cycles across the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (72).

Ended the night with 50 pushups.

Commentary:

Trey had planned to be there, but a migraine made an appearance. I think he's going to a deer lease this weekend.

6.14.2017

Volleyball: 0-3

Opponent: Block party

19-21, 14-21, 7-15.  A decent match.  My serving was not terribly effective, but not surprising as I did not get a chance to warm up properly and it's been a while since we've played.

6.12.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at J. Henry's solo
Meeting at Morgan Stanley
Work on ramp for WFC
College Super Regionals
NBA Finals

Saturday:

Blueberry pancakes
Mower over to the rental
Class at new dojoMore work on the ramp
College Super Regionals
Dinner at El Centinela with K.

Sunday:

Worked on the ramp for WFC
Worked on some album shelves for co-worker
Painted the bench to sell at family reunion silent auction
College Super Regionals
Packed up art work for SoonerCon

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/10/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Trey and Jo

Ukemi:

Basic stretches, slaps, and a normal set of ukemi.

The Walk:

3 times.

Releases:

Worked on the first two releases with Jo.

Techniques:

I did 100 sword cuts with the bokken.  As I was finishing up, Jo and Trey showed up.

We did some basic off-balancing drills.

Commentary:

First class with a brand new student.  Still need more students.

6.09.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/8/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Randy, John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

I worked with Adam.  We ran through Koryu Dai Yon (1-14), and those went ok.  We then went through Koryu Dai San: kneeling, standing, and tanto.  We had lots of issue with the tanto stuff.  I'm blaming my faults on the full moon and the work I did on the mat on Wednesday.

Who really knows why things work one night and not the next?

Commentary:

None of note.

6.08.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 6/7/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and slaps.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills. 200 tsuki ashi steps on both sides

Straight attacks with the bokken (100), attacks for oshi taioshi (100), attacks for shihonage (100), attacks for Ai gamaeate (50).

Next a series of regular attacks with the jo (50).  Followed by a couple of loops around the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi" (50).

Ended the night with 50 pushups. 

Commentary:

Trey had planned to be there, but his knee acted up on him earlier in the day.  He plans on being there on Saturday.

6.07.2017

Aikido Tuesday Night - 6/6/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

John, Adam, and Willie

Ukemi:

Minor warm-up stretches

The Walk:

Not tonight.

Releases:

Not tonight.

Techniques:

Adam and I ran through Yon Kata 1-14 and then the following portions of San Kata (kneeling, standing, knife, bokken, and jo).  It was a good workout, a few minor bobbles from each of us as both uke and tori.

Commentary:

None of note.

6.05.2017

Weekend update

Friday:

Lunch at Santa Barbara Italian cafe with K.
Stops at Salvation Army, and Forgotten Angels
On to stops at Staples to recycle toner and then to Academy for new shoes.
Trifold brochure work

Saturday:

Banking, trifold brochure proof review
Trifold brochure changes
Class at new dojo
Proof and approve trifold
Trip to Galveston after D finished taking the SAT (driving around G and stopping at Seawall for beachcombing)
Dinner from Whataburger

Sunday:

Slept in a bit
Worked on the ramp for WFC
Nap
NBA Finals

Aikido Saturday Afternoon - 6/3/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches, slaps, and a normal set of ukemi.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None today.

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills.  Next a series of regular attacks with the jo.  Followed by a cycles back and forth with the attack for "hi otoshi".  Straight attacks with the bokken, attacks for oshi taioshi, attacks for shihonage, and finally attacks for Ai gamaeate.  I think I probably did about 40 attacks of each type (80 attacks with the jo, and 160 with the bokken).

I ended the session with 40 pushups.

Commentary:

Another afternoon at the new location.  I worked out for about an hour.  Half of the time in the back room (they were doing their quarterly belt testing for kids' karate), and then I moved into the main room.

 I expect student(s) maybe this Wednesday.

6.02.2017

Aikido Thursday Night - 6/1/17 - Wasabi Dojo

Aikido players:

Willie

Ukemi:

Basic stretches and no falls for me.

The Walk:

Twice. And then some detailed tweaks and corrections

Releases:

I worked with Willie, but he had a toe that was causing him too much pain to continue so we called it a night.

Techniques:

None tonight

Commentary:

None of note.

6.01.2017

Aikido Wednesday Night - 5/31/17 - Clear Creek Aikido

Aikido players:

Just me

Ukemi:

Basic stretches.

The Walk:

About 5 times.

Releases:

None tonight

Techniques:

I worked on my basic walking skills.  Next a series of regular attacks with the jo.  Followed by a couple of loops around the mat with the attack for "hi otoshi".  More regular attacks.  Straight attacks with the bokken, attacks for Ai gamaeate, attacks for oshi taioshi, attacks for shihonage.

Commentary:

Another night at the new location.  I worked out for about an hour.  I was in the front area (the back area was taken up by kickboxing), so anybody who walked by could see me.

 I expect student(s) maybe next Wednesday.