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First lesson I partnered one of the senior women who has a problem with inflammation of her joints so I had to be super careful. But for the first time my nikkyo actually worked on her. I've never been able to get it to work on her before because she seems to have superflexible wrists and very few people can do nikkyo on her as a result.
Second lesson, I partnered one of my friends whom I've never partnered before in aikido. He's very good. Much stronger than I expected and the posture is almost rigid. I responded by strength which isn't the best way at all since I can't possibly match his strength. So I need to find a way to flow around him. Both as nage and uke as I found my ability to blend with him wasn't very good. I have a big problem with taking ukemi properly from irimi at a slightly more advanced level. I can't go down and come up on my knees naturally and easily to make it easier on myself. Happened both yesterday as we were practising irimi from yokomen as well as on Tuesday with a guy so I know for sure it's my problem not theirs.
I also have a problem with kaiten nage. It's the outside version and the very last bit that I'm not doing right. I think one steps back with the front foot but the last move is to just turn the hips while keeping the feet in the same position but just swivelling around. For some reason I never feel I'm in the right position to manouvre uke around me to do the last twist of the hips. And I don't know why yet.
I'm definitely learning a lot from partnering new people I don't usually partner. It's a real lesson in learning where my weaker points are.
Strikes: yokomen needs to come from turning the hip. Shomen needs to be straight in front of me keeping my body behind to protect myself.