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Once upon a time, I had a hakama. It didn't fit too well so a friend passed it on down the line to another worthy student. Then Christmas came and my wife got me one. It looked HUGE! Mostly because it is.
Well, made it to class last night. Lan was there and I told him to go check it out, as I left my hakama out on a shelf to put on just before class. Well, he and another student got a kick outta how big it was. The koshita HAS to be at least twice the size of their own. So, we all got a good laugh outta that and then I go put it on and head to class. The laughter stopped. Guess what? It looks like it fits! LOL
/sigh I'm too damn big! The very least I can do is loose weight, so... with my return to class and various changes in diet and health: Weight is enemy # ! right now and I intend to loose it!
Meanwhile, class was good. Worked on basic kokyunage off a 2 hand grab. Next was Shihonage.. now, this was interesting. The partner (uke) I was working with was less than HALF my size. He had to weigh around 125lbs. if that and only slightly taller than 5'ft. which made things interesting. I was closer to him in height when on my knees... which is where I ended up on the Shiho.
Things to work on: Kokyu Ho hand position. Sensei Riggs has either gotten stronger or at least more intense with it... but he's changed from the last time I was in class. Moving just his wrist, I can feel my balance go. Should I let up on my grip to release the pain, he just enters in and throws. Very dynamic.
Something else to work on: Learning pattern. I need to figure out a pattern to study such as working on footwork, then hands, then ??? or reverse that or whatever it is... but right now I'm trying to do everything at once and ending up doing none of it.
Anyhow... good to be back in class. Lots of new potential students were there and class was fun. What more could one ask??