Swing dancing is not a martial art
On to a more cheerful subject: Sushu and I went to a swing dancing class last night, first of seven in the course we signed up for. It was at an American Legion meeting hall in Los Altos, and it was full of old people and corny music.
I got over any awkwardness pretty fast and enjoyed it immensely. I can't wait to go again. Thanks for suggesting it, Sushu!
There was one move which kept tripping me up, which was the rock-step, where you rock back and up onto the toes of your back foot. This goes against every habit that's ever been ingrained in me by aikido training, or any other martial art for that matter. I kept screwing it up because whenever I moved back my body wanted to drop back into a stance, i.e. knees bent, back straight, weight low and evenly distributed between feet. Going back and up felt so unnatural.
At least I suppressed the urge to say "Hai, sensei!" when the dance teacher corrected me.
Also I kept wondering when we were going to swap uke and nage. Turns out the answer is "never". What do you mean we never switch places? You mean I just do the man part of the dance the whole time, every time? That's so weird!