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I had to miss the beginner class so dropped in for the all levels class that immediately followed it. We were working on Kate Dori Ikkyo, and Nikko. My feet were not cooperating with the techniques like I would like, and there seemed to be some issues with flow. Ok a lot of issues with flow. We did the whole night in motion, and I am not sure that I ever got rid of the little or big hump in energy on the transfer. From stepping into toward Uke to grabbing ukes hand…. I also don't think that my Ukemi is very helpful to my partner in this technique.
There were several sempeis tonight whom I had never seen before. I paired up with all of them at one point or another. One of the people had wonderful flow felt a lot like Sensei in that I thought he might have been on roller skates. We did freestyle at the end, and I was paired with Victor. He was amazing, I did manage to get him down ONCE. Sensei was helping a lot calling directions from the side, "Use the energy that is in his arm bring it down in front of him, all of a sudden it turned into Shiho Nage, just as smooth as I could have wanted. That was amazing. I tried to get out of a throw of victors, and he moved and I was looking at a breakfall. ( I have no idea how to do one right. I managed to do something that might have been like one two Sundays ago with Victor, but I am not really sure…) My eyes got really wide (I felt them) and Victor let me down gently onto the mat. Sensei had a couple of words with Victor over that, and I started to jump in and defend Victor, before I remembered that we were all friends here, and that he definitely did not need my defense.
One of the new to me people was Gordon one of the other instructors in the Dojo. I have never met him before, it was interesting practicing with him. He had a different style that I was working on figuring out what a difference might have been. I never did get a concept of it..
I felt kind of strange like Somehow my playing with Victor got him into hot water with Sensei, and that was never my will. I may have been rough housing a little which caused the issue too.
Sometimes it just seems so hard to get anything correct in Aikido. Or that once you have something, that the next time you do it, you don't have that one little piece even anymore. I know that this is part of the mastery steps, but right now it all seems so hard. I wish that I had flow somewhere in my training. It all feels flowless.