After three years of Cross Fit I decided to move on. Primarily I had hurt my back and did not want to risk the injury again. However, there was another reason, I thought that it would be a cool experiment to participate in various physical modalities to the point of being mediocre and then move on. I think whether you are pushing yourself in CF or TRX there is a truth that you are exploring. What is the most simple and eloquent way to move something from point A to point B.
It has taken me about two years to be able to do 30 or 40 double unders in a row. As you can clearly see in this video alot more efforts goes into my double unders than need be. A good double under should look just like a single jump with the rope going under twice as oppose to once.
How this relates to Aikido practice is it is the process that is important not the result. I practice double unders for the sake of practicing double unders. This video was the first time I saw myself doing a double under and I kinda look like a bear trying to dance.
I started training at CrossFit San Ramon Nov. 2009, it was and is interesting doing something that I had no experience or talent in. Recently Dusty who is the trainer I take most classes with let me know that he was surprised that I was still there. He said that judging by my initial efforts to do back squats, it was a good bet I would not last long. (Dusty said it, I believe as a compliment that I was still there.) I am pretty sure if anyone could remember my first year or so in Aikido they would have bet against me as well. When I start doing something I do not mind sucking, it gives alot of upward potential.
This section of the website will be looking at postures of both Aikido and CrossFit, I have been playing with the thought that what allows me to do the most weight doing a back squat probably is a very similar posture to what allows me to execute Morote dori Kokyu ho with power and fluidity.
This morning we worked on Koshe Nage, hip throws. Koshe Nage and overhead squats are almost identical the hands continue to press up as the body drops.