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Practice was fun today. We tried out "no arm" practice with several moves which just involved the body rather than the use of arms. I particularly liked the one where from a shoulder grab, nage takes a step back and then sinks down on the back leg and turns so that uke will breakfall over nage. If nage stands up in the process then it turns into a hip throw. But we just stuck to letting uke breakfall over nage which for me is an acheivement in itself cos it's a bit nerve wracking to throw myself over nage...funny thing is that I can do it without fear on one side but the other side always makes me hesitate. Then I realised what I should do is go halfway down as nage turns then the ground doesn't look so terrifyingly far away .
I was also happy to have my best aikido buddy back. She's been missing for months due to an operation and work and it's just nice to be able to practice with her again.
I should remember during shihonage while turning to keep my hands at forehead level all the time, no higher. I realised that I find this very difficult so when dealing with an uke who's not much taller than me, I sink instead to my knees. I'm not yet sure I'm doing it right but well, I'll ask the instructor one friday. I should also remember that while being uke in shiho nage not to move until nage forces me to as the instructor told me I was moving too early.