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Yesterday I had a good session. First session I partnered one of the really formidable women in the class. I haven't seen her in a while and haven't practised with her and it just struck me how much power was in her moves. I always felt she could just snap my neck in the irimi nage moves. I also notice her ikkyo moves she really maintains such control from start to end. I
was trying to figure out which bits I should imitate to improve my own practice but then she had to move away to partner someone else.
The second session I was happy to partner a friend who's been away for 4 months. But as she's always had a strong natural talent, she pretty much bounced back easily into practice. Another friend said she's coming back on Friday after a long absence as well so I'm looking forward to having more women to practice with on Fridays. These last few months it's often down to 1-2 women which I find a bit disconcerting. I know I shouldn't and I actually learn a *lot* from practising with guys and they've generally been very helpful to me on the mat, but well, it just is nice to have other women around.
And grading results are out, so now there's a new crop of shodans, black belts and lots more blues too. The chap who was a white belt I practised with several weeks ago got his double jump to blue. I figured he would. He was so good when I worked with him.
The good news is that my knee seems to be functioning normally now. No more iliotibial syndrome symptoms so I've taken off the knee guard for practice.
My left side roll is still not straight coming out of a throw. A bit dangerous when the dojo is crowded and I nearly rolled into a fellow aikidoka as a result. Really must practice my left side rolls.