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Aiki-Log -- Class #3
Wednesday, August 5, 2004 -- 7:30pm
Sorry for the delay in writing. I've been busy and procrastinating.
STATUS -- BEFORE CLASS
My Aiki-Toe looks and feels better. It's still a little sore when I try to "grab the mat with my toes", but it looks normal again.
My mat burns on my right foot are healing nicely.
CLASS TIME -- WEDNESDAY
I took Dramamine about 2 hours before class in preparation for pukemi, but we didn't do any. That sucks! Dramamine is EXPENSIVE. I survived the warm-ups, but still didn't manage to do all the back break falls (getting better).
Class was fun, right up to the first technique. I was paired with a brown belt.
Starting in ai hanmi kamae (same stance) uke grabs toward shite's chest. Shite does a 95-degree pivot block with the leading hand, wrist on top. Shuffle step somewhat behind uke, swinging uke's blocked arm down toward shite's right thigh while uke does tenkan (body change). Shite reaches behind uke with their trailing hand and grabs uke's far shoulder. Shite does another 95-degree pivot, continuing in the same direction as before while placing their other arm across uke's throat. Uke does a back break fall.
I was doing Ok, but I kept forcing it too much. I needed to do the moves and trust that uke would end up in the right spot. I even started out by grabbing uke's far shoulder instead of just laying my arm across their throat!
Then I tweaked my right knee. My pivot stopped too early but my knee didn't. Not too bad, just weakened a bit. I continued with class.
Due to my procrastination, I've forgotten the details of the other techniques we covered. I'll try not to let that happen again.
Later, I started to severely overheat (unrelated to my knee, which really wasn't bothering me too badly). I was working with an orange belt and let him know I needed to take it slow enough to cool down a bit. I did a minute or two of deep breathing, a few rounds of technique, breathing. I managed to make it all the way thru the class for the first time!
I lined up with everyone else and we dismissed.
1. I've noticed a pattern… I get wounded on Wednesdays.
2. I must try harder to keep my heel off the mat until AFTER I finish my pivot.
3. I must focus on my balance and determining and maintaining ma-ai (appropriate distance) with uke.
4. If I do the technique, uke will go where they're supposed to go. I can't / shouldn't force it.