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Today's practice turned out to be a little longer than I expected. I also find that if the pace is fast, I feel it less whereas if the pace is slow, I actually feel it more. I think it's the adrenalin that makes the difference.
Today there were 9 people plus the instructor. I spent part of it learning how to slam as I've realised I never stick my hand out in time so I figured friday's classes are a good time to get in that practice as we were doing a lot of throws. So instead of rolling out, I'd try to slam. It took a while and I'm still not sure it'll come automatically but it's a bit better now.
For ikkyo from a wrist grab, the instructor taught me to be more economical and instead of lifting my hand to get to the elbow, to instead just turn it out slightly and slide along uke's arm to the elbow. Far more efficient and effective. And then a similar thing for reacting to a punch...to block then slide in and elbow into uke's face before extending out the arm. Overall to just learn to slide hands more along uke's limbs/body rather than lifting off which takes more time and gives uke more of an opening to respond.
For irimi from katatetori: To ensure the hand that's being held makes a little circular turning out motion. More effective and breaking uke's balance and hold.
I've been feeling really very "xien" at work...i should just step up the aikido during this lull period. Go and practice more as the physical exercise takes the edge off my frustration and boredom during this lull period at work. It was really bad today. I need to find a way through this desert. Worst thing is that I can't really leave the office early as I usually have to do a bit of a conference call at the end of the day to the UK and given the time difference it's the only sensible time to do it.