Day 18 – nikajo & swollen knee

This post originally appeared on my AikiWeb blog…

Not much interesting to report here. We practiced katate mochi nikajo osae ni. My knees were about as bad today as ever, and I have a sore throat on top of it. Basically, I can’t do the kihon ukemi for this technique. I’m not sure what I can do about this.

I took a bad fall today doing the ukemi and landed on the outside edge of my left patella. I felt a strong pinching sensation, and then there was swelling. Luckily it was close to the end of class, so I didn’t have to practice on it too much longer. It was bad enough that after class Nick told me to ice my knee instead of doing dojo soji. This seems very Yoshinkan–if you have a visible injury and keep going, kudos. Of course, an invisible injury might be much more serious, but no kudos.