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Sensei was teaching some interesting new technique variations for ushiro on Monday. We did Sankyo from Ushiro. And he had us walk uke around nage backwards in a sankyo hold to ensure we had proper control before then going into shiho nage. I had lots of fun with this one because it's a bit difficult to transition from sankyo into shihonage and my partner didn't quite get it either. So we looked like a couple of dancers who were doing the dance a bit wrong till sensei came up and grabbed my arm in a sankyo to demonstrate it and had me walk backwards around him...since he's taller than me, I of course went up on the balls of my feet immediately and danced backward...and elicited a "good dancer!", "good ukemi" from him much to my surprise.
I always knew learning the argentine tango would be good for my aikido . Now that's a dance that really requires the girl to stick close to the guy and follow very intuitively.
Now if I could only do equally responsive ukemi from the "windmill" throw, or a shihonage breakfall. That's much harder to do. I would also love to be able to do really soft ukemi and land from a breakfall without making much noise.