The pandemic definitely makes things go by so fast.
Training-wise, it doesn’t only feel like, “push the reset button,” but also just a reset button as in you are basically teaching an army of beginners.
and a MASS number of them.
On one hand, it’s good for the future of naginata, because the lack of exercise during the pandemic definitely motivated a lot of people to get moving again.
But there is also the problem of a lot of veteran members getting lazy and too adapted to the “pandemic lifestyle” and has a hard time getting back into the dojo; whether the reasons be the “fear” of not being able to handle the training anymore, the shame for taking such a long time off, or just simply that they are scared about COVID (which is totally understandable). Most of the time, the veteran members have a hard time coming back, so you barely get enough training in the advanced stuff as an advanced person, resulting in UBER rustiness once you’re back in the advanced drills.
However, perhaps this is a good thing to be doing kihon all the time with super beginners–it allows you to really slowly ease back in, in both skill and physical strength, so I guess it isn’t bad.
I’m just constantly telling myself that, “things happen for a reason, and always for the better,” as a way for me to cope with the pandemic lifestyle and its effects in my time. I’m just taking things as they go and rolling with it.
…man, this would’ve been an ideal situation had I still been working on my thesis or still working on my master’s…
The dojo was forced to close, now NYC is practically in a complete shutdown. Apparently, we are able to order food and takeout online–but who knows if those deliverymen or restaurant workers aren’t positive for COVID-19?
It is kind of weird not having naginata as my weekly routine…I’m also trying to find ways to train, despite this lockdown. I guess I’ll have to go to Baba’s house or go to the mountains, like the olden days—at least I get the “legit” Musashi experience（笑）.
Japan is probably not gonna happen next month, since I’m not sure if I’ll be able to get back into the country, resulting in my work being affected, and Hawaii is now out of the question because of the (practical) ban of domestic travel..so yes, I’m stuck here.
I guess I can take advantage of this time by going over many of the things that I’ve needed to do but put in the back burner for ages; organization, more advertising, etc etc etc…I guess I can think of it all.
I guess now I can make my nice aesthetically pleasing budo interior + study for my licensure exams. I was also thinking about maybe pursuing a license in acupuncture and TCM–couldn’t be any more of a stereotypical martial artist lol.
Well, I guess also this budo blog is something that I can get back to working on. It’s been on my goal list for a while.
I also cannot believe how time consuming chores and life maintenance are…yuck. 面倒臭い。