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Aikido: 3 classes, 2 injuries

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Now, I am no stranger to dinks and pain. I distance run for crying out loud. Wimps not allowed. I've marathoned and half marathoned. Just did a 15K race on hills on Sunday...FitBit said the race course was the equivalent of 34 flights of stairs.

My aikido experience so far though...when the pain is bad enough that it wakes you up from a deep sleep in the night, I call that an injury.

I'm bummed that I signed up for a year at the dojo.

I'm going to stick it out awhile longer and see...maybe after I get some mastery I will like it better? I know I hated running at first. It took a long time for me to like it and even longer to love it.

In the meantime, I'm going to try a different teacher who teaches a different art in the same dojo. With the package I (foolishly?) purchased, I can try any class in the dojo. I know that in yoga (which I love), people have to find the right style and the right teacher for them. Probably it's the same with martial arts.

Also I'm being pressured to test for the next aikido belt already even though I haven't logged enough class hours (due to the leg injury). I think it's because they want to keep all the white belts moving along at the same rate, but really I don't know what the motivation is. I certainly don't feel like I have enough of this stuff down to test, but I'm being STRONGLY encouraged.

I'll keep trying. Trying a different class this week.

Injury class #2...this speaks for itself:

Injury class #3...can't wear a watch, pull up my sleeve onto it, and wakes me up from pain:

I told my husband, if anything at the dojo this month requires stitches, it's over for me and he'll have to consider my dojo fee a symbolic tax write off or something. :) I should have gone to CrossFit for crying out loud, it would probably be safer.
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    That looks so painful! I would see if there is *any* way to get your money back if you really are not enjoying it. If your husband is enjoying it, maybe they can transfer your's to his membership?
    1954 days ago
    Scneikies! I would insist on a full refund and be a total beast about it if they pushed back. There is No Way you should be getting injured like that as a beginner. That is poor teaching, plain and simple. If you showed up at a hospital like that, you'd be taken in a private room and be grilled about whether your husband was abusing you.
    1979 days ago
    crickey! I really hope another class with a different teacher will be better. Definitely try as many varities (martial art/teacher) & combinations as you can. I think you're right to keep trying because as you mentioned with running, it can take a while to enjoy a new pursuit. But those injuires - owie!! Hope you get better soon. ((hugs))
    1979 days ago
    Wow! I've been doing Taekwondo for over six years, but it would have been a short stint if the experience had mirrored yours! Here's hoping you don't give up on martial arts -- but it would sure be understandable if you did! :-)
    1979 days ago
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