I have been sick with tenacious green mucus upper throat. 2 weeks of un-painful cough, no fever, some malaise. there was some outbreak of reverted old patterns. here's hoping that i don't end up as the 9 year old i once was.
missed aikido 2x weeks.
i've been using the sword as a guide to the lines in my AM stretch. holding it in any position will always give me something to align with. if i move a part i can watch the sword perhaps not move demonstrating that i did the isolation correctly.
going through the various stretch movements things are done that are absolute nos in martial, like bending the torso over a straight leg. in martial the leg would always be bent unless taking a breakfall, but in the AM stretch the goal is to produce the stretch burn in the outside of the forward leg, so the positioning is "anti-martial."
then there's that kneel thing that may someday turn into that superyoga position with the head back & a hand touching the over backwards touching the raised toe of the flexed kneeling leg. i can't do that yet but the girl model in the yoga clothes catalog can.
anyway, use of the sword in yogoid mode. useful.