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yesterday's practice was humid to say the least...it's very energy sapping.
I noticed that when I partner with H, I tend to pull her when she resists or is stiff. Not a good habit. I should slow down more and figure out how to turn around or flow over her resistance instead of just pulling. I also need to move more from my centre. This was particularly true when I did my least favourite move: what I call the windmill move this time from a yokomen attack. H is good uke for me as she points out when I'm not taking her and tells me what more I need to do. She said all I needed to do was to push uke's arm more over the body of uke and the uke would naturally overbalance with very little effort on nage's part. She's right...she's good at these little things. I used to hate this move but it's one of her favourites as she says with very little effort it's possible for a small uke to control a large strong nage...I'm thinking, gee, I never feel I'm in control of a big strong guy when I do this move on them! Clearly I'm not doing it right.
ushiro: during freestyle I realised I wasn't responding well at all to ushiro attacks to the shoulders. Don't know why. I could get an initial move out by twisting under the uke and then not know what to do. Bummer. HAve to go revise those moves. Didn't have a problem when it was ushiro involving one or both wrists.
I really like practising with H. We're a good match...I'm a bit more supple and fluid with gentler control but she has more strength, is taller, and is generally better at getting the technique to effective point. So we learn off each other as we tend to make different mistakes and have different strengths.
There was a fabulously strong pair right across from me, a girl who's about my height and only a little heavier and her aikido is soooo strong. She was working with another yudansha who's a lot bigger than she is but his uke abilities are excellent. So watching this little woman throw a guy much bigger and stronger is totally amazing. She really takes him down.