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Friday worked some with the Boken, which was new to me. I made a mess of the dance that we were supposed to be doing with our partners. Seems that there is a lot less footwork there than I would have guessed from watching. It was a simple back and forth paired practice. I kept wanting to take two steps in stead of one backwards, and my strike was really funky most of the time I am sure.
We then went on to do the Friday practice thing. It was good, I was working with Victor, and we were working on Gkute Dori Ikkyo, for my fifth kyu test. It was fun working with victor on it. Although he is the antithis of Rick when it comes to making you look or feel good. I really have a lot of work to do on everything when I am working with Victor, then again that is reality for someone that has been practicing Aikido for 3 months.
Then I worked a little with a couple of the guys that are working on getting their 3rd kyu tests ready, they were doing Shoman Nuchi Sankyo. I was a game Uke, but it made no sense to me at all. So I eventually bowed out of the threesome, that I was not adding anything to at all, and went over to talk to Sensei about Sankyo. I did sankyo back at Doshu for one technique practice. It seemed really weird to me. I told Sensei that I did not get it. It seemed non- marshal everytime that I had seen it, and feeling it made it seem really non- marshal. So he had me grab him a couple of ways and demonstrated itů.WOW that is effective it you know what you are doing. He then critiqued the technique of the people that I had just been working with for a little while, telling me what was supposed to happen, then he demonstrated again with me as uke. It was a lot different, and I can see the elements of the flow, and why it works. Sensei also told me that O-Sensei said that if you were even a millimeter off in Sankyo, it would not work. I can see that.
It was excellent to be able to understand this in some way, and was great of Sensei to show me.