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Back on the mat!
Due to some personal responsibilities outside the Dojo, I was only able to get back on the mat for the first time after my test, today. It was good to be on the mat again.
We worked on Shoman Uchi Sankyo omote this morning, it was really interesting. Working with Rick who's Ukemi is close to heavenly. We worked on it in class with lots of instruction by Sensei. It felt a lot like the first day that I started Aikido all over again. I had no idea what in the heck I was doing on this technique, ok so some of the footwork was a tiny bit familiar, however I tended to head off in the wrong side for the operation of the technique. Ura when we were working on Ommote today, and with the wrong hand for connection. I am sure that you could make this work if you were a little more knowledgeable than I am, but I would just get befuddled and have to start over again.
We also worked on Tai Sabiki (sp?). This was really neat, the idea was to make contact and take some of Ukes balance away as they were either directed off of your path, or you got out of theirs. Sensie also stressed that the start was not sideways like a lot of us were starting but the same start as in Tai No Henko. This was good to learn. It did make more sense.
The pattern of semi-proficiency, to absolute clueless is a new one to me in a lot of ways. I felt like I had made some progress in passing my 5th kyu test, however today, I felt like I didn't know anything again. This felt invigorating in a way, and in another, I think that I could have stayed studying the same techniques that I took my test on for another 5 years or so. The perfectionist in me searching out and playing with all the nuances.
A note about being in the moment in life as well as on the mat. When leaving the dojo this morning, and heading home, I went the way that I have been litteraly over 100 times now. The timing on the lights had been changed. A set of lights that are literally one overpass separate from one another had changed from both turning green at the same time to not both being green. I was not in the moment, and did not notice, and in Autopilot mode, ran the read and avoided an accident by probably about a 32nd of an inch!!! Yikes!!!