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It started on the drive down there. I picked up Mariano (see Episode XV of Martial Thoughts Podcast) on the way, and we started talking martial arts. This started to get my martial mind back in order. By the time Friday night came about, I was reved for the seminar. Because of the time off, I was rusty. I had expected this to happen. My mind could remember what I was supposed to do, but my body wasn't quite up to it. The mind-body coordination was off. However, what surprised me was how quickly, the flow came back. I really did think I was going to have to re-learn a lot. I guess I've been doing it long enough that some of that information stuck. Our theme for this year was something along the lines of taking aikido, and making it a practical self-defense art. I don't know how successful we were at doing this, but there was a lot of tough practice, and hard falls.
The next morning, the seminar started at 10:00. Which means I had to get up relatively early to make it to the dojo by 9:00 (I needed A LOT of warm up time, even before the warm-ups). I woke up excited to go again. Excited, but sore. I realized as I was entering the dojo, and putting on my backup gi (the first one was soaked through), that I was smiling. I couldn't wait to get back on the mat. We trained hard for about 4 hours, and then went out with friends, to do what?...talk martial arts. I then had to drive the 14 hour trip back home on Sunday, so that I could work on Monday. This may have been the best answer for the seminar is a long time to think over everything I just was taught. Digestion time. It gave me time to unfold the origami of information I had just given. I vowed to start going to martial arts again. I realized how incomplete I was feeling without it. And not just the physical part, though that is important, but the social/tribal part of martial arts as well. I missed everything that is martial.
I guess my take away for this week is that everyone should go to a seminar occasionally, even if it's not in your system. Try them out, and see how inspiring they are to you.
In the comments section, please tell me about your seminar experience, both good and bad.