For those of you who are waiting ...  

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M
479 posts
10/5/2005 6:46 am

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For those of you who are waiting ...

... to see me in my cycling shorts, here's something to tide you over. It's me in my aikido gi. This is mostly for pootle47, but it's also for those of you who think I'm into sports just so I can play dress-up.

I'm probably going to be in a white belt for a long time. Not because I'm not making progress (I am) but because aikido doesn't have the extensive system of colored belts that some martial arts have. It's confusing, and it depends on the style of aikido. Basically there are just two colors of belts, white and black, with specific ranks within those belts. Some styles have blue, purple, and brown belts. But I don't know of any that have the yellow, orange, red, green, striped, and camo belts that taekwondo and some other martial arts have.

When I make it to black belt, I'll get to wear a hakama, which is a sort of pleated black skirt with the belt attached (quit giggling, Miss You-Know-Who-You-Are). I watched my sensei fold his after class last night. Aikido takes its Japanese rituals seriously, and he was very detailed and thorough and focused very hard on getting everything just so. If he ever decides to quit his current job, he can always get a job wrapping Christmas presents for Neiman Marcus or Tiffany. I'm sure they're not as meticulous.

rm_beaujelais 59F

10/5/2005 4:14 pm

Giggle? Not me ... you know that I ROTFLMAO!! Must be another Miss Y-K-W-Y-A ...

What kind of shoes with the skirt? *blink* *blink*

rm_pootle47 58F

10/5/2005 4:57 pm

My but don't you look fetching. I fold my sleeves up a little in order to check my fists are straight, so I don't look quite so crisp.

I've washed and ironed my gi three times this week, training three nights in a row. It's very important to be pristine, well pressed and perfect at the start. It's always a damp rag by the end. The belt has to be tied just so too. I actually down-loaded a video to get mine just right. My Monday Sensei is a stickler for both ends being the same length and we have to straighten everything up and centre the knot every few minutes. STRICT discipline. The black belts here seem to take pride in how worn their belts are, losing the black.

I wasn't good enough to grade with the last batch, having only just started but I'm being put in for a double grade in November, 8th Kyu, because I'm now past ready. For all this hard work I'll attain the heady honour of two thin red bands at the end of my belt. Coloured belts only come in with our Shotokan association at 7th Kyu, yellow belt.

I don't really mind being a white belt, so long as I get a little better every week. It's a lot easier to give due respect to the kids at class though by reading their belts. I have to sweep the dojo while little kids in purple belts stand and watch. I'm sure my soul is benefiting.

Rei, "Oss".

cajunpet 70M
1185 posts
10/5/2005 8:07 pm

Good luck with your aikido and rank.

Take care.
Keep On Blogging!!!! Have a great day.

Cajun Pet

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/6/2005 6:27 am

No shoes, beaujelais. Just my naked, non-wussy, size 12 feet!

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/6/2005 6:53 am

pootle, I'm embarrassed to say I haven't pressed my gi yet. I'm sure my sensei presses his, but he hasn't required us to do so. In fact, would you believe that until Tuesday night, I was still the only student who had bought a gi? We're all having to buy them online. They're not easy to come by around here, not even in Dallas.

I wash it after every class, though. You're right about how damp it gets. It's like wearing a wet towel.

Mine was rather big when I bought it, so I had to wash it to let it shrink a little. It's just right now.

However neat my sensei keeps his hakama, his gi is the most frayed article of clothing I've ever seen anyone wear.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
10/6/2005 10:41 am

How do I know that's you and how do I know that's not just your smoking jacket?

PillsburyCodeBoy 60M

10/7/2005 6:42 am

Watch your mailbox, jayR.

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