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I'm super sleepy this morning after having worked till close to 3am after aikido. And figured I had to be in the office early in case my boss had any amendments he wanted done on the slide I'd done for him. So here I am falling asleep at my desk and I can tell my boss hasn't even looked at the work I sent to him...he probably got busy with something else urgent. And I'm zzzzzz.....
Don't regret it for one minute though. Last night's sessions were fun. The first class I got to partner one of the most senior women and her control is unbelievably good. I keep wondering if I'm doing shihonage right on her though cos I can't seem to control her to get her to come down near me but end up following her down to the mat cos I'm too scared of potentially hurting her. Its probably her way of telling me that I need to pull her more towards me rather than straight down which is a common mistake I tend to make. The mat got really crowded too at one point and I was terrified of dumping her into the path of other people practising near me.
Second session had a Japanese visiting sensei alternating with our chief instructor. First the Japanese instructor would demonstrate a technique then we'd practice then our chief instructor would demonstrate the same technique with a bokken. It was a lot of fun and I was thinking it's kinda like a jam session.
I had a really good partner in the second session as well, yay!, She's a couple of levels above me and recently tested for her shodan. She was helping me figure out some of the bokken moves, why it was that my moves were not entirely effective. She figured out I had to twist the bokken butt end towards her more both to break her balance and her hold. It's a kokyu type move.
My aikido friend who's moving to Oz didn't show up although the TH guy whom I know from work did...would like to try partnering him before he leaves and I no longer have that chance. I should partner with the TH chap too at some point just to see what it's like to work with him plus going against a guy much bigger and stronger is always instructive as to whether my techniques are really working. He used to be ex-military for I think more than 10 year. He seems to get very tired on the mat, I'm not sure why as he does biathalons: running and cycling. Obviously the guys work harder .
and yes, tonight if there isn't any urgent work, I might get to go to the cairnhill dojo for the first time as the visiting sensei is still around so Sensei has invited everyone to come to the (small) dojo there...I'm thinking it's going to be so crammed! But fun.
I just saw a note that the dojo's going to be closed for two whole weeks around CNY ...I'm sooo going to go into withdrawal symptoms.