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Was very happy to be at aikido yesterday particularly since afterward I had to go finish up drafting a paper for my work. I'm just so glad to work in an office that's generally flexible enough so I get to leave mostly on time and go do aikido then go home and complete work where necessary. OF course it meant I was up to 2am but that was partly my fault for wanting to attend *both* aikido classes and watching Las Vegas on top of that till midnight. And of course having to get up early the next morning to call my boss in KL to discuss what I sent him the evening before.
Actually I think there was a little aikido move in Las Vegas. It was the episode where the secret admirer declares himself and the big boss kotegaeshi's the snatchthief or at least that's what it looked like to me from a seated position.
Anyway class was great. Just normal fun. I tried to make my uke fall in the same place for irimi nage and decided I couldn't most of t he time...so much for the classical finish. First class was a lot of drilling in basic techniques but I got to partner one of the dan grades who's just got great form and is a very nice uke. One of those people who's amazingly immaculate all the time in her uniform. Me...I'm a slob...my hair invariably all comes loose at some point and I have to retie it.
Second class we did an interesting move from ushiro where uke moretoris one hand and then nage has to turn right around so that head and both hands fit through uke's arms and then a kokyu type throw. For the life of me I kept getting myself into knots until sensei came up to show that I simply wasn't bending my head enough to get it through. D'oh!
Then we did jo and dagger work. I like the jo but whenever there's any move involving flipping it around, I just don't get it easily. Spend the time trying to figure out where it was supposed to be but suspect I largely never quite got it.