Now that the summer is over and we’ve officially turned the heat on in our home, I’ve decided to take the plunge and try to get back to Budo.
I haven’t really been able to train since I got sick at the end of 2013 when I was off my meds, just before I moved to Japan. Since then I’ve been working on rebuilding my strength and balance, so that I can train. There’s still a lot I can’t do, like rolling, but I can do enough to stand in kamae and not fall over at the moment, and that’s a good start.
I only have time in my schedule to train twice a month on Mondays at the moment. Maybe it’s not as much as I would like, but I need to take baby steps. I really wish I could go back to training with Sensei on Saturdays, but that’s not something I can really afford to do at the moment. I HAVE to work Saturdays at this job, at least until my job at the university goes on break. Once I’m back at my normal job full-time, then I might be able to take off a half-day on the weekend once in a while.
Thinking ahead, it might be better for me to wait until the University’s semester is over and I’m back from my honeymoon in February/March, because by then I might be in a MUCH better position physically to train with the rest of the guys here in Japan.
I’m trying to look at it now as more like physical therapy than self-defense training, as I don’t necessarily need self-defense at the moment here in Japan. Which is crazy to say, but I guess I could have said the same thing in Germany, even if I didn’t really realize it at the time.
To add to this, I’m still not sure whether I’ll continue to train after I leave Japan or not. But for now, this is good for me and a necessary addition/logical next step to my progression. It’s helping me with dynamic movement that I might not be able to practice elsewhere, and is also helping with my hand-eye coordination. Admittedly, I’m still shit with choreography and long techniques with multiple steps. But I’m sure they’ll come back eventually.
Baby steps, for now.