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Wow brought along a friend and M got on the mat tonight!
The basics class focused on Ushiro Ryote Dori Ikkyo, however I spent the class working on tai no henko kihon and gyukute Dori Ikkyo with the friend I brought with me. He did well, but I don't think that it is the thing for him.
M in the mean time had a blast on the mat, worked with new people and got an idea of how everything worked. I am pretty sure that M is going to start joining me for most of the classes that I attend in the afternoons. This will be good.
The basics class was a light workout for me as I was the Sempie with both M and my friend. It was a lot of work, and a lot of responsibility, but not a work out. Sensei called for rolling practice at the end of class, and gave me some pointers on my back rolls which of course completely destroyed my being able to do them at all on one side. The other side did happen to get much smoother though!
The second evening class we worked on Ushiro Ryote Dori Kokyu Ho again. A good thing, because I really don't feel that I have this at all. Worked with Rick, Noel, Eisa, and some other folks. It was interesting. Toward the end of class we worked on a very direct enrty Ushiro Ryote Dori Kokyu Ho, the uke getting stopped before they even go around you. Rick and I had a hard time making this flow at all. Sensie came over and I got to be the uke for a while. There was a pause in my attack where Rick generally slammed into me, sensei waited, I started to move to grab for his other hand, and gently hit the mat. It was wonderful.
Sensei read a story at the end of class about a zen meditation student's learning about love and compassion, and how that related to whacking someone on the head with their umbrella. I realized in hearing this that there is a time and a place for whacking people on the top of the head with your umbrella, either mentally or physically. This spoke directly to a situation and my tested ability for compassion and love.
After class I worked with Vicrtor on variety of techniques. I finally got part of why Sensei and Victors Aikido feels so gentle. There is a way to do each technique that allows you to do it without the other person feeling that anything unnatural is going on. I was able to reproduce this over and over again after class with Victor on Ikkyo. It was wonderful. I also managed a couple of Shiho Nages with him in the same spirit. Now on to all the rest of the techniques…..