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1. Day 8

My house is really just five minutes away by car, so I needn't worry so much about being late. I was somewhat stressed out this afternoon, though, as the driver didn't return until around 5:20.

I'm slowly getting the hang of rolling during moves. It's a good thing other students helpfully cue me by stage-whispering "Front roll" at the appropriate moments, although I tend to begin my roll a little earlier than I should because I anticipate the throw. They also patiently correct my footwork.

Doing slightly better, though. After a few tries, I remembered which leg to move and which hand to attack. The throws the sensei had us do today reminded me of ballroom dancing, so I found it easy to move in a slow and relaxed manner.

One embarrassing thing, though. One time, I got so distracted that I forgot to do a proper front roll. I was blissfully obeying the laws of gravity when I realized I was getting uncomfortably close to the ground. I realized I'd forgotten to put my hands down in the proper position of a front-roll. Managed to avoid a full face-plant, but still, that was odd.

Slide-and-glide still leaves me out of breath. Maybe I'm breathing too fast. Should I try to inhale and exhale each count? I suspect that I tire easily because of hyperventilation. I'll try breathing in a more relaxed manner next time.

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