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[Feb. 26th, 2011 | 19:50]
Mike, George, Edwin, Gerd, TI,whatever you call me
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Thursday was a fun day. I got home from class to find my power out; a delayed casualty of the recent ice storm. I finished reading Journey to the West (woo!) and then promptly departed for Erin's for more watching of the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, from 1989. I find myself wanting to put some sort of witty observation here about it, but I got nothin'. Sorry.

I also noticed that, since I have Thursday evenings free now, I could start going to judo again. I've been feeling myself get more and more out of shape recently, and it was wonderful to go move around and hit the mat and get very, very out of breath. I'm still sore now from actually having to use my muscles. In addition to that, I decided to stick around and see what the aikido class later in the night was like. I was rewarded with a class of 5 people including myself (going on at the same time as the MMA class on the other side of the mat), with the average age being probably 20 years older than me. I think I found what I'm going to be doing with my Thursday nights for a long time. Despite being utterly exhausted when I got back my brain felt like it was working a lot more like I expect it to; it's amazing what some vigorous exercise can do. And the exhaustion should get less, as my body remembers the meaning of "aerobic exercise".

Peace, love, and ohgodmyshouldermuscles
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[User Picture]From: super_me
2011-03-07 04:01 (UTC)
Is aikido one of the martial arts forms that uses weaponry? I know a bit about judo, but how is it different? Also, I'm back now, so that whole "responsibility and OMG talking to each other" thing can happen.

Also, I have a whale-loving moment to share.
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[User Picture]From: kamikazifreak
2011-03-07 20:44 (UTC)
I believe so. I think the instructor said they use wooden weapons on the first Tuesday of every month, but I can only make it on Thursdays so I won't get to do any of that.

My impression is that judo is more about using an attacker's energy against them, while aikido focuses more on making an attack inneffective and stopping the attacker from harming you.

Judo is also very much a sport; apparently there are a number of techniques that have been disallowed in the 4 years since I last studied judo due to the Olympic Committee wanting judo to be more entertaining and less like wrestling, as there are too many events in the Olympics. I'm sure there are schools of judo that ignore these changes, but if they're members of the USJA and intend to participate in tournaments, the changes are neccessary. Aikido does not have competitions, and is more about personal growth than skill mastery.
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