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Second Evening class: Ryote Dori Nikkyo. I have some of this down, but not most of it by any means. The things that I feel good about: The actual nikkyo part of technique. This just seemed to resonate with me. Getting out of the way of the Uke when I bring them gently to the mat. Having some feel of the energy involved, not great feel but some feel of it. What I don't feel that I have at all, the transition when they grab you from behind. Feels like I turn my back to them, watched Sensei and the sempies doing it for quite a while between the two classes. Sensei's back is never what I would consider to the UKE. I am not sure how exactly this happens, but it is smooth and easy when he does it. I know that I have a bunch of openings in this new technique, but I don't really feel all that much connection or flow in the beginning right after the Uke grabs my first arm, and goes for my second. There is a space of non connection non flow that seems to happen there. I think that I am suffering from doing it to fast too early, maybe slowing down will help.
Sensei pointed out that I was all bunched up and that I could allow a lot more room between myself and the Uke. This is opposite of my normal position where I am so far away that I have to lean over to touch UKE.
I really like the classes that we work on a single technique in. It feels like you get a little more of a chance to get things a little more right. I find them a little less frustrating that the classes that we work on variations of the same technique in different parts of the class.
M got on the mat a little after class and did some Kokyu Dosa and a little Tai No Henko. It was good, and she enjoyed it. Maybe soon we will be able to get her on the mat working in a normal class.
I need to work on my weapons work. It feels completely inadequate. I think that it is time that I purchased a weapons set and turned in some time working with them on my own. I have a strange fascination with them, I am drawn to the beauty of the movements and the understanding that they lend to the hand work, but I am definitely worried about whacking my fellow aikidoka with the stick, and I have to look completely stupid with the general lack of control that I feel.