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I thought that I would work on my base tonight, and really focus on that. I might have for the first several moves, then got lost in what was going on with the moves. I seem to be good at the in the moment stuff with this, but sometimes wish that I could get a little longer though process in practice to focus on something for the whole class.
I think I may have had enough to think about in one time doing the technique that my brain overflowed, and I did it somewhat well. This was amazing. Of Course that was the time that I was working with a UKE that had asked me to be gentle on his shoulder, (He is a black belt), and I don't think that I was gentle enough on itů. I felt bad, but he assured me that it was fine, he was just tapping his leg early to avoid it hurting.
There is so much to think about in doing Aikido. It reminds me of the time that I tried water Skiing. After falling every time that I tried to get up for the better part of a morning, I finally got up and was up for about 3 minutes, then I fell over. The guys on the boat were yelling at me, but I could not understand a word that they were saying, I was concentrating so hard on trying to figure out why I had fallen over. Then I realized that I was having a hard time breathing, and that the world was rather blurry. I listened to what the boat guys were saying "LET GO OF THE ROPE!". I did, and was floating along fine, breathing better, and seeing better. Some times I get into that over think state in Aikido to.
Kokyu Dosa was interesting tonight. It and Tai No Henko are probably the only things that I can really get a feel for the differences in individual partners on. I can feel when something is going to work and when it is not. Sometimes as it is happening, most often I still have to stop and restart, when it is not working. I imagine that this is part of what Aikido is all about being able to tell on the fly where the energy is going, and how to use what is there.