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Timing issues. We worked on Mortoe Dori Ikkyo, but we did it really slow, and paying attention to our foot movements.
One of the things that was amazing was that it takes a lot of work to truly master going the speed that your uke is going. This was not easy, we were not to pull or to push the uke, we were only to guide them in this exercise. It took a lot of doing to get it anywhere near close.
We also worked on Tai No Henko with staying on the line and getting out of the line. Sensei revisited the technique that we start every class with and pointed out that most of us had developed it into a dance instead of practicing a technique. He had the Uke Move from center into the center of the Nage, and not to simply be parallel to the Nage. Nage then had to either get off of that line, or to redirect the energy of the Uke. Rick and I immediately saw the difference in the way that we were doing it, and started playing with the getting off the line, which seemed easier to both of us than the redirection. I asked Sensei about this and he said that we were not leading the person, that like the getting off the line, the redirection started before the UKE grabbed you. This seemed like news to everyone, so he demonstrated, a little tiny lead with his hand, and Uke went for it, Uke was already starting to be redirected before Uke had made contact. I did this with Rick after the class, and it was amazing. I could feel when I had the timing correct when I was too soon, and when I was too late. It was very neat.