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Well guess what, I discovered in Wednesday's class the guy wearing a white belt I was practising with is at least shodan level :0...no wonder he was so much better than me! I had initially thought he was 2nd or 1st kyu cos when I searched my memory banks that's what I remember of him. Just shows how blind I am in class sometimes.
Wednesday's classes were good particularly the second one. First one I practised with a blue belt girl and it was easier this time around. The last few times I worked with her I just my irimi nage just wasn't working on her as she tended to tip forward rather than back and I couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong, but this time it was fine. My ikkyo needs work though cos I notice I still sometimes tend not to move in fast enough.
The second class I partnered a brown belt lady whom I think has improved in leaps and bounds and I'm quite inspired by her. She really has come so far and it's good to practice with her as I notice she picks up faster than I do and her movements are more precise. We learnt a variation move on a soto move from a wrist grab where instead of throwing the person forward at the point where the person overbalances, instead of moving the arm forward to throw nage moves the arm back to the side and back over the uke's head if nage is tall enough.
I'm also grateful for her general gentleness as my ankle felt worse than last week. It was somehow a bit more stiff and felt slightly swollen but I think it's partly cyclical and partly that I did kinda put too much strain on it on Fri and Sat.