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Tuesday Morning Class, test prep time at the Dojo. Worked with a variety of people on test materials for 5th and 4th Kyu. There were some internal lessons on taking charge of situations, and my current failure to do an atimi that is at all convincing. I think that these are related. I can trace some incidents in my life that I have gotten to the point that I have given up on the process and not engaged the situation very well instead either being passive, or not delivering an atimi or two here of there to distract the person or persons involved in the incident, so that I could create an opening and actually function with an opening to make it better for everyone. I may even be doing this with a situation that I have right now!
Tuesday evening Class, worked on Ikkyo and Tai No Henko Ki No Nagare with Melissa.
Wednesday Sticks, did parts 21 thru 31 of the 31 count paired kata practice. It was a lot of fun. There is a connection and learning in sticks that I am just becoming aware of.
Thursday Morning. Test Prep, worked on mostly 3rd and 4th kyu techniques with a variety of people. Definitely good practice. Kind of frustrating, that most of it does not seem to come together very well, there are a lot of details that I have in my head that I am having difficulty translating into my body at the moment.
Thursday Evening, Worked with M on Gyukate Dori Kote Gaeshi. Then the rest of the class worked with Don Penny on some Awesome prep for his Shodan Test! It was great! I learned a lot working with him. We would then work on Suwari Waza for me, and that was great, I could see a difference and feel how much better I had gotten at the end of the class. Don and I trained for the entire class together after the first partner change, which received a few stern looks from others on the mat. However Don kept saying stay here for the partner changes, and I was glad to help with his test in any way possible. Later in the evening Noel came over and worked with us! That was really great too! I got to watch a lot and learn from the watching perspective also. Noel was working on Hanmi Handachi Kaiten Nage this was a challenge to my Ukemi skills, but they got better the more that I was Uke for him. Don said that I did well on one of the throws. All in all it was an awesome night! Don asked if I could come in on Sunday and train with him on the variations! Wow that is flattering!!!
Friday Night was great too! Worked with M for the first part of the class, then M and Noel on Suwari Waza with Noel, then with Victor on Suwari Waza. As always he has a bit of a different way of doing a couple of parts of the various moves, so of which made a lot of sense to me, like on Sankyo he ends up behind the uke, and uses an atimi to the face to get the person to raise back up. This was really neat and made a lot of sense from a flow perspective.
I went home really tired.