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We have been working on this all week. It is a really tough technique for me. Timing, patients, flow, balance, footwork, hands changing positions, feels like this has one of everything in it. Sensei had us doing 6 versions of it Two Step Version, one Step Version, 10 degrees, 90 degrees, and 180 degree version, he was trying to get us not to think about it, to just flow with it, do what felt right both as Nage and Uke.
This ended up being funny because at one point I didn't pick a technique, my partner Bob, a Yadansha, flowed into my outstretched hands, and ran right smack into me.
It was amazing! We both laughed. Sensei came over and pointed out that when you had your hands out it meant that you knew what you wanted to do, and were ready. He said it was a good idea to pick a technique BEFORE you stuck your hands out.
Working with Bob was neat, as I got to work on the being in center and removing? Taking? the center of your Uke. Bob is really good at this, sensei even better, now that I know what I am feeling.
Twice during the class I got to be Uke to sensei when he was showing something to my partner and I. This is really neat. At first I was a little spooked, but then let go and trusted him.
Observation, when you get good at this Aikido stuff, even if your uke does not know what to do, when you do the technique well, the uke will go where they are supposed to because they have to. Flow. Flow Flow.