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I just got back from the second Wen-Do class, and I have to say that I'm very impressed. I'll definitely be going on to the intermediate sessions, which are drop in classes at a church fairly close to where I live.

Today we dealt with escape plans for getting out of abusive relationships, attacks with weapons, attacks while lying down, and multi-person attacks. And I, oh joy of joys, ended up volunteering to be the "attacker" during the demonstration of how to throw people off you if they try to assault you while you're lying on your back. This entailed being kneed in the side and shoved head-first over the head of the instructor as she lay on the floor, and let me tell you, the carpet wasn't enough to really cushion the impact. Ouch.

The "final exam" was an exercise in which each student got the opportunity, if they chose, to break a pine board with one blow of their first. Everyone in the class except myself and Michelle tried and succeeded; I simply couldn't risk injuring one of my hands while I'm running to a deadline. After everyone who wanted to had broken their board (there were no failures), the instructor explained that it takes around 33 pounds per square inch to break a pine board... and 9 psi to break a collarbone... and 13 psi to break a knee... and around 15 psi to break just about any other bone in the human body. Whoa. She also offered me the opportunity to try board-breaking later on during the intermediate classes, which made me less disappointed about not going through the rite of passage this time around.

The class dispersed after everyone had signed everyone else's broken board. And because [livejournal.com profile] eastpath and I helped the instructor carry all her stuff back to her van, she graciously gave us both a ride home; this was quite welcome, because slushy rain had begun to fall in large quantities. As it is I was home and dry about twenty minutes after the class let out.

*sigh* I'm tired, but when I tried to lie down just now I found that I can't sleep. Perhaps I'll make some icons. Perhaps I'll get in some more pages of MM.

Meh. Time to get some coffee and aspirin for the slight headache I've developed. Still not sure if I'm going to the AD&D game tomorrow. I'll see how I feel later tonight.
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*limps over to computer and sits down carefully*

Ow, my arms. And my legs. And my back! Coffee is on, and as soon as it's done I'll be using it to chase down a couple of extra-strength Aspirin.

The cause of my misery is (a) my poor physical condition, and (b) the Wen-Do class I took yesterday at the University of Manitoba, along with [livejournal.com profile] eastpath and [livejournal.com profile] cockatiel_art. It consisted of three two-hour segments: an hour of discussion followed by an hour of physical technique and practice. Twelve students learned how to stand in balanced fighting stance, how to yell "NO!" from our belly with every blow, and various "soft" and "hard" techniques of attack. ("Soft" techniques cause injuries that are non-life threatening and will heal completely. "Hard" techniques cause injuries that are potentially life threatening and will not heal completely if the person survives.) We discussed the theory and legality of women's self-defense and found out how to slip free of various types of holds. And we nibbled on cookies brought by the instructor, who is Jewish -- delicious little folded creations filled with dates and raisins and poppyseeds.

(EDITED TO ADD: The cookies are called Hamantaschen. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] nightdog_barks for providing the name and the link.)

When the lunch break came the instructor asked if she could come along with [livejournal.com profile] eastpath, [livejournal.com profile] cockatiel_art and myself. We had a nice meal and a very interesting conversation at one of the University restaurants. It turns out that the instructor has two cats, as did the rest of us, and that she owns all the Matrix movies and simply loves them. [livejournal.com profile] eastpath and I also told her that we might be interested in intermediate and eventually instructor training, which she was pleased to hear, since she's currently the only Wen-Do instructor in the city. (Training takes about two years. Yowza.)

I got home barely in time to greet people arriving for the Full Moon Group outer court ritual. (That's the third ritual in four days for anybody who's keeping count.) Usually I am fully present, aware, and engaged during rituals, but yesterday I was so tired and worn out after Wen-Do that I felt too fuzzy to really concentrate and direct energy properly. (I even placed the God and Goddess candles in reverse orientation while setting up the altar... *sigh*) I hope that others found the ceremony more fulfilling than I did.

After the ceremony, as we ate the post-ritual meal, we ended up watching The Matrix on A&E. We came in right at the beginning of the Neo/Smith fight scene, which led [livejournal.com profile] diamond_lies to remark: "Neo and Smith. TOTALLY hot." Heh. I'll have to send her some of my Neo/Smith fanfic.

On a more seriously note, one of the members of the outer court approached me privately in the kitchen and asked me to help her out with her self-dedication ritual into the Wiccan religion. I was pleased, honored, and touched. She and her husband are taking a "ritual hiatus" for the next six months due to baseball season (they both play), and during that time I'll be meeting with her about once a month to discuss her progress to date and suggest reading and resources to help her fill in any gaps in her knowledge. I hope to see her self-dedicate by next Beltane, which is a little bit over thirteen months from now.

So... the aftermath. Last night I was exhausted and vaguely achy. This morning the various aches have sharpened into pain, especially in my back and arms. (We did proper warm-ups and stretches prior to the physical training. I'm just not used to that level of activity.) And I'm very stiff, which I hope will work itself out over the course of the day. But I'm so glad that I signed up for the Wen-Do course and I'm looking forward to next week's session. I really do feel that if someone accosted me on the street, I'd now have a chance at fighting them off and getting away.

(EDITED TO ADD: [livejournal.com profile] eastpath suggested doing some soft stretches to loosen my muscles. And lo and behold, it has worked.

Ah, my... I don't know where my brain has been these last two and a half weeks, but I hope that it's coming home soon.)
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Six hours of Wen-Do class, three of them full of hard physical activity, tired me right out. Then I had to pick up a couple of roasted chickens at Safeway and come home to run a Full Moon Group ritual.

We didn't do much, just a variation of the scrying exercise that was done by the inner court on Wednesday and a spell to help an absent member obtain a service dog, but I'm dead beat. I just climbed out of a hot bath and I'll soon be crawling into a warm bed.

Tomorrow we go to George's sister's place out in Selkirk, about an hour north of the city, for Easter dinner.

More about Wen-Do later tomorrow. Right now I can barely put a sentence together.
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(Yes, that's the proper way to spell it... I was mistaken in my last post. Live and learn, live and learn.)

I'm not usually up this early *yawn*. There's time to have a shower, make coffee, snarf down a bowl of yogurt and granola, and then it's out the door with [livejournal.com profile] eastpath and onto a bus (or rather a couple of buses) to the University of Manitoba.

Murg. *yawns again* A morning person I am not.
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