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Tai No Henko (What in the heck does this one mean?), Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage, (Both Wrist Grab, Heaven and Earth Throw) Kokyu Dosa (Breath Exercise). With my new found knowledge of what there was to be gained out of working with other beginners, I found that I like the beginner class better than I have before. I didn't spring for a Yudansha immediately every time we changed partners. This eliminated a lot of stress from my training tonight. I wasn't worried that they would all be "taken" before I bowed to one of them. Although I was picked by both Roy and Don at points throughout the evening. It is neat to have one of the higher belts pick you to train with. Roy pointed out the slightest variations in how I used my earth hand in heaven and earth throw made a huge difference. Sensei talked about starting the move and the turn before your uke connected, so that you had flow, if you wait till they are connected, then there is a stop in the energy and the flow. I worked with one of the other beginners and realized how if they made mistakes that I knew about (Note, I think that I make mistakes every time, I just don't know about them yet. The ones that I do know about I still make every time I do a technique only those I am working on eliminating the ones I am ignorant of are a store against boredom in the future! ;-) ) I learned a lot in thinking this way, and feeling what it was like to be uke for another beginner.
Strange, as I first started Aikido, I always wanted to be the Nage, not the uke. Now sometimes, I would just like to Uke for some people for a few hours. I think that if you are not learning when you are uke, then you are missing half of the learning process.
It was a lot to learn, just the differences in the way that I worked with my earth hand with Roy, caused me to have several instances when I stopped when he grabbed me, brain faded to no thought of what to do next, and my feet stuck to the mat. I am getting familiar with brain body, motion overload lately. Just makes me feel silly when I have it happen.
I have noticed that Tai No Henko and Kokyu Dosa have a lot more meaning for me this week. It is amazing how all of the moves in Aikido seem to have similarities, and you learn about center and balance in one move, and can apply it to center and balance in another move.
Then we did rolling practice. I went a little higher, and it felt OK. This was amazing, truly amazing. It didn't work every time, Once I hit my shoulder good, and once I hit my hip pretty good on the mat. (Thank the mat for being softer than the ground!). I still feel like there is so much to think about when I am rolling to get it right, that if I ever have to roll without thinking I am going to splat instead!