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latest news - 7 June '24


and greetings from Helsinki, where I’m writing this after a marvellous weekend teaching two seminars for Auri Poso’s (of episode 131 of the podcast) Gladiolus School of Arms. On Saturday we spent many hours marinating in sweat (it’s extraordinarily warm here: the temperature inside the hall got well into the mid-30s (Centigrade), which is like 100 degrees for Finns). The goal was to improve everyone’s freeplay skills, or rather, give them the tools to improve their skills themselves over the coming months.

As it happened, I went climbing the week before, and coming down off the wall in a perfectly normal fashion, managed to sprain a couple of ligaments in my lower back. It was ridiculous, actually. I got into position to start a climb that I’ve done before, changed my mind about making the first move (the hardest bit of the whole route), and put my feet back on the floor. Then went and lay down for a while with my back screaming at me. Absurd, but bodies do that kind of thing occasionally. Fortunately I had a session booked with Eki (of Fysio Sakura, in Helsinki) to follow up on my knee issue (which he seems to have fixed in our first session back in February), and we spent the full hour on my lower back instead.

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