Saturday, February 23, 2008

The Art of becoming One with the mat

So recently I've started to study the "Art of becoming one with the mat" (mat as in floor covering NOT as in Matt W or P) and in the furtherance of this art have been going to lessons 2-3 times a week. I'm wandering if any one else might be interested in learning this art.

A typical lesson begins with us greeting the mat and the one who will help us become one with the mat. We then prepare our bodies for the activities required to become one with the mat, this takes some time and can be somewhat uncomfortable (ouch splits).
After preparation we practice the various correct methods which we will utilise to safely become closer to the mat. Once that is done the lesson moves onto the next section where we are shown a variety of "ritual moves" by those who are closer to becoming one with the mat than we are. Once the demonstrations of oneness are complete, we the seekers of oneness pair up and attempt to use the "ritual moves" to help each other become closer to being one with the mat. And thus the lesson proceeds as we learn a variety of "ritual moves" and practice them ad nauseam, or until we run out of time.
Once the lesson is done we thank the one who has meet the mat many many more times than we have and thus has acquired a certain oneness with it. We then farewell the mat and return home to recover until once again it is time to seek oneness with the mat.

So who will be the first to decipher the true meaning and name of this art :-).
Any way once you have determined what it is that I have refereed to, and should you be interested in joining the study of "oneness with the mat" there are basics classes 3 days a week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday), starting at around 6pm and lasting for ~1.5 hours. Currently I'm attempting to attend all three classes each week. If your interested in also coming along leave a comment and I'll let you know the details. The first lesson is free, so no reason not to attend once and see if your'd find it interesting.
"Becoming one with the mat" is an interesting and enjoyable way to get some exercise and learn some new useful stuff. Also the art welcomes both Male and Female with one of the most senior instructors being female, along with a decent number of the students, so your gender is not an acceptable excuse :-).

5 comments:

Nathan said...

If it was being one with Matt W, I probably wouldn't be into it...

Fraser Dron said...

sounds like it could be painful?

EONsim said...

Could be painful if you make a serious mistake, but it's usually not.

Kelly said...

I'm interested, but absolutely clueless about what it might be! It sounded a bit like yoga to start with, but didn't match the description particularly well...

EONsim said...

It's Aikido. A Martial art that tends towards defensive rather than offensive techniques.