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CatSienna's Blog Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 03-03-2005 01:13 AM
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  #140 New 08-01-2007 10:24 AM
We're sure doing a lot of randori practice in the run up to grading. I'm not grading but it's the time where in our dojo a lot of this practice gets done for those who are going to grade.

I really suck at this so it's really putting me on the spot whenever I have to go out there and take my turn. I actually got let off fairly lightly this time as sensei picked guys who were more controlled in the way they attacked but still I have major problems coping with the speed at which it happens. So the result is that I'm still committing all the common mistakes a fair amount of the time once the speed picks up: grabbing uke's arms instead of just letting them fall, not turning in a circle and instead getting distracted by the next uke coming, and of course, simply not timing my throws right ie I simply need to move a bit faster!

It helped a great deal that I had one of the best women in the dojo to practice with beforehand and she taught me a fine point about how to drop the uke to the ground and she said if it's one of the guys you really have to go for their elbow otherwise they won't go down. She taught me how to angle the downward cut so that uke would go down at a sharper angle whereas I'd tended to always throw out rather than down.

Anyway the ukes were all being really nice but also not letting up too much on the speed and force so I could learn, but it was still painfully obvious to me and everyone else watching and my ukes that I was doing really badly. So it was awfully nice that one of the 4th dan guys came up and told me I'd done well and my movement was nice. I think he was just trying to make sure I wasn't too discouraged. So here it is, I'm making progress in little marginal inches. And so it'll go, inch by inch and hopefully my ukes will continue to be patient with me until one day I finally get it enough to do a decent job of it.
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#4 08-06-2007 10:15 PM
CatSienna Says:
you're absolutely right...that is exactly what happens re the "heavy" feeling. This bunch of ukes wasn't resistant but one of them did feel heavy a couple of times and I ended up getting caught as the second uke then came up. I guess I have to figure out how to always leave myself room to get out...trickier than figuring out how to throw properly though . Thanks for your comments and the encouragement!
#3 08-04-2007 12:24 PM
jducusin Says:
Pt. 3 - ...So in this sense, the fact that you are paying attention to the next uke who is coming at you is very good --- this helps you maintain good sabaki on the fly and thus ensures that you are dealing with only one attacker at a time. Again, all the best to you!
#2 08-04-2007 12:23 PM
jducusin Says:
Pt. 2 - ...but if the throw isn't working/ends up taking too long because they're resistant you'll have to quickly get out of their way and move on to the next uke --- in other words, don't get so caught up with the idea of having to throw each person at every single encounter; making sure your sabaki is such that you don't get caught in between two ukes is more important and will eventually set you up to throw at a future encounter during the round...
#1 08-04-2007 12:23 PM
jducusin Says:
Pt. 1 - Another thing that just occurred to me upon reading your past entry that might help is re: guys who feel "heavy"/resistant while they're falling --- if you get too preoccupied with ukes like this during faster randori, you'll find that they slow you down long enough to get "caught" by the other ukes. For guys like this you may need to not only atemi to get the reaction you want and attempt a throw from there...

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