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Basics class. Worked on base, for Tai No Henko, this time Sensei called me up for the demonstration, I was the Uke for Irimi Nage, and I got to knock him over when he did not have a good base. Then he demonstrated Irmi Nage on me with a good base. It is amazing that you fall over the way you do when he is Nage. I also was the uke for Tai No Henko with him, and I was instructed to push back against his center. I pushed for all that I was worth, and I swear that he did not move even one sixteenth of an inch.
I was told that I was doing well in this respect when I was working with Linda. The issue is that I can get a good base when I am actively thinking about it, but that it is not as good when I am working on the details of another part of the technique. Each part of my techniques are still all parts of techniques put together, one always the focus and stronger than the others. I am beginning to see that there is more to all this than the parts. The practice needs to be holistic. How to get there is beyond me at this point though. Each part is still separate, still loosely connected by my thinking about them. More practice more time is the only thing that I can imagine to integrate the art in me.
During this class we only worked on the hand position of Sankyo. It was great to break the technique down and to see an improvement in understanding in one area of it, to see where some of my mistakes were, and to practice doing the hand part of the technique correctly. It was funny though in that we started the process with the Uke assuming the Sankyo me please position, where they would stand next to you as if you had just finished tai No Henko. Then they would extend their hand, pointing their thumb at your center, you would grab them and practice the sankyo hand positioning. As strange and isolated from the larger technique this was, most people seemed to get a lot out of it, myself included.
I wanted to stay for a third class for the day, but my body was not feeling up for it. Too much squeezed into this day already. Feeling a little haggard from doing too much, one of the things that I am working hard on in relation to my Aikdio practice.