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This was a better class I am still under the effects of the cold, but less so today. It was much easier to think on the mat today. Also working on the same technique again was good, as I have an idea how it works now. Sensei came over and helped me with my footwork several times, and it seems to make more sense now. I even once felt like I may have done something with flow. Only once out of however many times though.
I got to pair up with Rick and Julia several times in the class. I felt that my Tai No Henko was really bad today, could not seem to get the focus on it, nor could I make anything feel like flow on it.
When paired up with Rick at one point this morning, he told me that my connection was a method of communicating with him. This was a new thought to me. Aikido as a non-verbal communication method. Maybe the ultimate non-verbal communication. Wow a different way of thinking about it.
Rick and I played with sticks a little after the class was over. He helped me understand more of the 13 count kata, and helped me with my reverse strike, and some of the things in the all movement part of sticks (What is this called?). I worked on the figure 8 motions, long reach strike. Both of which I seemed to understand a little for the first time.
Still not 100% with the cold, but I felt a lot better getting off of the mat than I did getting onto it.