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Gravity is not my friend. . .

Ow. Tae kwon do seminar earlier today. Joint locks and flow - the poetic way of saying "rip his arm off and then slam him on his back on the ground." Rip his arm off I actually have no trouble with - right up until the point the joints tear, it's actually kind of a nice stretch. Much easier than trying to stretch out all those joints on your own.

It's the slamming down on the ground that always gets me. It's kind of like being smashed in the small of your back with a 2 by 6. Or having someone run into you with an SUV at relatively low speed, over and over again. The truly annoying part, though, is that it doesn't hurt all that much AT THE TIME, which lets you do it repeatedly for hours. It hurts LATER. I'm beginning to consider sleeping downstairs on the couch, so I don't have to worry about whether I'll be able to make it down the stairs from my bedroom tomorrow morning.

Ow. Ow. Ow.

Oh - and that thing about pain being all in your mind? No. Not even close.


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Nov. 6th, 2005 12:26 am (UTC)
*wince* Yeah, that can be a painful thing.

Various people in my life keep pushing me to take martial arts (aikido seems to be the concensus), but so far I have resisted. Mainly on account of time and money. And time.

It's kind of sad that the pain part doesn't factor in there at all.

Anyway, I hope you feel better. And less ow.
Nov. 6th, 2005 07:00 pm (UTC)
Someone wrote a book - forget who - about Aikido called "It's a Lot Like Dancing." Which it is, although with more falling down than your average dance.

I enjoyed aikido a lot, but there isn't a class anywhere near me that I know of. Plus, of the arts I've practiced/seen/even heard of, aikido is the hardest to practice alone.

It's pretty, though. Aikido, of all the above mentioned arts, is the most like magic when you get it right. If you get all the moves and the energy interaction just perfect, people fly massive distances through the air, almost in slow motion, and it's just gorgeous.
Nov. 7th, 2005 02:10 am (UTC)
One thing I will say for years of life with martial artists is that I do know how to fall. And also how to squirm out of a great many joint locks. I'm sure these are marketable skills. Somehow. Somewhere. You know, in a legal way. Really.

*lop-sided smile* I haven't actually taken so much as a class in years and years, and really haven't been taking any martial art since elementary school. People keep putting pressure on me to change this fact. Mind you, it isn't that I don't want to be able to make people go 'thunk'...
Nov. 6th, 2005 10:42 pm (UTC)
(really from griff-dog)
I totally understand where you're coming from. I usually come home from Hapkido pretty sore, but it really hurts the next day. Like, when I TRY to get up in the morning. But it's just so much fun to get tossed around and toss other people around. I can't stop.
Sorry you're feeling the pain. You'll live. :-)
Nov. 6th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: (really from griff-dog)
Your sympathy is overwhelming, man. :-)

Actually, not all that bad. Had class at Gold's Gym this afternoon, and I was more or less functional.

And yeah, the magic of getting tossed around and tossing other people around really never gets old. The most fun I've ever had in the martial arts was practicing on the gymnastics springboard floor at Carolina. The loft you can get bouncing off of a springloaded floor is just flat out amazing. Makes you wonder what wire-work must be like.
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