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Aiki-Log -- Class #4
Thursday, August 6, 2004 -- 7:30pm
STATUS -- BEFORE CLASS
My Aiki-Toe continues to improve, as do my mat burns.
The muscles on the sides of my neck (used to keep my head off the mat during back break falls) and on the front of my groin area (used to lift my legs out in front during back break falls) were VERY SORE!
My right knee was bothering me all day. I could walk fine, stairs were odd (weak, not too painful), but crossing my legs (right ankle across left knee) hurt. So did climbing out of my car.
If you've read my earlier entries, you know that I have loose joints. I'd rather miss one class right now than several in a row if I push it. I decided to practice Whimpi-Waza and get a knee brace from CVS ( 18) then do Watchi-Waza for class. I'm glad I did.
Warm-ups included pukemi! I missed out, but since I wasn't planning on participating I didn't waste any Dramamine this time.
There's going to be a guest sensei (week of the 16th) doing sword technique from a different martial art (I'll get the name). Our sensei decided to focus on basic bokken to get us ready. He covered drawing the bokken, chudan (basic sword stance), jodan (chudan with weapon raised high), front and side strikes (with and without 45-degree pivot, with and without cross step, right and left foot leading), chibuti (chibudi? -- sword cleaning flick -- I'll confirm this), sheathing the bokken.
We also covered a technique beginning with uke going to chudan and shite rotating the bokken blade (while still sheathed) 90-degrees to the outside, grabbing the hilt in preparation to draw. Uke does jodan as shite draws / steps forward / cuts horizontally (from the wrist), stopping just past uke's bodyline. Both return to chudan, both do chibuti (sp?), both sheath their bokken's, yame (stop, finsh)
Next were some open handed techniques that focused on the chibuti movement of the right hand, used by shite to break a same-side wrist grasp. Sorry about the lack of details… procrastination-induced memory loss strikes again.
I do remember the last technique. Ai hanmi kamae, uke grabs a handful of shite's dogi at the shoulder. Shite uses their cross-hand to perform an overhand grab of uke's fist (so uke can't let go) and rotates uke's fist inward 180-degrees to lock the elbow. Shite cross-steps to a hitting-elbow throw.
We lined up and dismissed.
1. Watchi-Waza gives me 75% of what I get in class (take notes next time).
2. Whimpi-Waza has its value (even though one student muttered "Whimp" in my direction while doing Washi-Waza). I'm glad I know my limits.