Thursday, January 31, 2008

Aikido - Test Prep

M.R. is preparing for his shodan test so we worked on bokken dori tonight. We started with hand arts - shomenuchi kokyunage, shomenuchi kotegaeshi and shomenuchi sokomen iriminage - and the did the same with a bokken. Fun stuff! After M.R. did a couple randori I was uke for randori for someone getting ready for rokkyu test.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Birthday Rolls for P.H.!

We worked on katatetori kokyunage uchi, tonight. Nage sweeps uke's grabbing hand outward and steps and turns next to uke under his arm. Slide forward and extend arm to throw. There's usually an atemi while stepping under. We did several variations including starting with a tenkan leading to the uchi move and one where nage doesn't turn but takes another step so uke must step around and roll the other direction. Fun stuff! We also did one where instead of sweeping the hand out we pushed it across leading into sokomen iriminage.

Weight: 309

Monday, January 14, 2008

Gym 1/14

Lifecycle: 15 minutes, level 5, 90 RPM, HR 153 - my right knee was tightening up so I dropped from level 6 to level 5 after two minutes

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Gym 1/13

Lifefitness Elliptical: 20 minutes, level 6, cadence mid-50s, HR mid-160s

Weight: 305

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Aikido - Munetsuki Variations

After warming up Sensei gave P.F. his yonkyu test. He did it early in the night so his son could participate in the test. After that Sensei ran us through munetsuki sokomen iriminage with and without tenkan, munetsuki kokyunage, munetsuki iriminage - the short, direct, downward version and the omote chin thrust versions.


Weight: 310 - Hmm... this fasting stuff works!

Monday, January 07, 2008


I am fasting, today. I'll see how far I can get...

Update: I made it all the way through with only water, iced tea (plain) and my vitamins and meds.

Gym 1/7

StarTrac Elliptical: 20 minutes, level 6, cadence high ~100 (different machine!), heart rate: 154, avg 148
Triceps pull-downs: 1x15 @ 90 lbs
Lat bar rows: 1x13 @ 75 lbs

Weight: 315

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Gym 1/05

Lifefitness Elliptical: 14 minutes, level 5, (11 minutes in high 50s, 1 minute in the high 60s (sprint), 2 minutes cooling down) heart rate: 154

Friday, January 04, 2008

Gym - 1/04

Lifefitness Elliptical: 12 minutes, level 5, (9 minutes in high 50s, 1 minute in the high 60s (sprint), 2 minutes cooling down) heart rate: 154


Weight: 314 - some of that water weight is dropping off.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Aikido - Sankyu!

Sensei promoted me to sankyu tonight after my test on December 22nd. Woo-hoo! Tonight, however, I was completely out of breath the whole night though, somehow, I didn't end up sitting out much. After stretching and warming up did some ukemi practice in the form of ryotetori kokyunage. Then we worked on yokomenuchi variations from the different taisabaki. Sensei also put M.R. (testing this year for shodan) and S.W. (testing next week for nidan) and P.H. (testing this year for nidan) through some paces. We all took turns with mini-randori starting on our feet but spending a portion of our time working from our knees.

Weight: 319

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Gym - 1/2/2008

Slowly restarting!

Lifecycle - 10 minutes - 6 minutes on level 6 at high 80s and 4 minutes on level 5 at low 90s

Weight: 320 (didn't take my little water pills regularly in the last two weeks and ate a lot of carby stuff in the last two months)