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A visiting Japanese sensei was in town so our chief instructor opened the sister dojo to all who wished to go from his other dojos. I took the opportunity to go visit and practice there as I'd never been there before. It turned out to be a heap of fun and quite different in mix of students and the informality of the practice.
I found it very helpful that there were far more senior students around and they were actively helping me to figure out how to do a move or to correct me when I did it wrong. The class was largely composed of people above 1st kyu with just 2 blue belts and 1 other brown belt. Plus most of the people I practiced with were bigger and stronger than me so that's always interesting to see if I can still move them.
The visiting sensei taught a few moves I'd never seen before. I wasn't able to grasp his variation on the kotegaeshi which involved an irimi and tenkan in a different direction from what I was used to. There were other moves which involved stepping forward into uke's space while moving the opposite (held) and in the other direction. It worked well though but it takes me a long time to get used to these new ways of moving. I think I just find it hard to observe and pick up where to put bits of my body still.
The group went out for drinks and a bit afterwards at the nearby food centre. I was sooo thirsty and i love the sugarcane juice with lemon. The others mainly drank beer but I hate the taste of most beers. And we all got a lesson aikido philosophy especially in intentions ie no winners and make committed attacks mainly. I must say I really liked this Japanese sensei although I don't really understand most of what he's saying!