July 24: bit of a kendo injury
Kate Marquam took these excellent pics of our kendo class this evening.
Kendo: felt good to get back in the dojo after missing Friday's class. I arrived very early (my daughter Rachel has begun to study judo again with Park-sensei, so I need to arrive at Mudokwan earlier for her judo class), so I was able to do quite a bit of suburi before class.
Our class was the usual size, with around a dozen kenshi. Unfortunately, one of our regular participants is injured--Kate seems to have overdone things a bit and injured her shoulder. She'll be out a couple of weeks, at least, but it is a measure of her extraordinary commitment to kendo that she still attended class. And was kind of enough to take some very good pics of class for me this evening--though I wish I'd given her somethng better than my sad little flip-phone camera for the task.
We did pretty much oir usual class, and overall it went well. I managed some good jigeiko with Nicholai (twice), Steve, Andrew Yoo, Hiro, and Sugawara-sensei. I must admit I was totally wiped out by the last couple of bouts. I really need to find some conditioning exercises that are more relative to what I do in kendo. I also got popped pretty good in my right elbow when my opponent (I honestly forget who it was, exactly) tried for my kote, missed, and caught me right in that area between my keikogi sleeve and my kote. To add insult to injury, I then got struck again in the exact same place during another jigeiko round, so that by the end of class I had a pretty nasty knot on my elbow and a bruise to boot. Just one of those kendo things, I suppose, but it sure stung.
Running: 6 miles. Another good, basic Wellness Center very early this morning.