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Tuesday night, we worked on Kaiten nage all night.
Now, let me back up. First of all, my shoulder had been sore all day, my alergies were bugging the hell outta me, and I'm week 3 into quiting smoking. I forgot my "gum" this morning, so the afternoon really sucked for me, but I got over it and handled the problem. Not going to relapse this time if I can help it.
Anyhow, back to the story!
1) My breathing was easier. Sure, I got winded sometimes, but for the most part I was poppin' right back up and attacking again right away and not totally out of breath like last week. This was good tonight.
2) Technique went smoother tonight. I've felt like I've been in a valley for a while now, you know... the downside of an up and down training spurt. But I wasn't getting frustrated and really pushed myself to not stop, but to keep going, even when I screwed up... which I did plenty of. Pushing through and not stopping is very good for me. Breaking the habit of stopping.
3) Kaiten nage: Did this off of Shomen, Katate and Yokomen attacks. Focus was really put on atemi and pressure points tonight because they are SO RIGHT THERE! If you're not careful, one can easily light up 2 to 3 pressure points while doing this technique and end up knocking the uke out, without even meaning to. It's good to study where the points are and then what to do if you DO in fact wipe someone out. I've been concerned about that for a while now.
Had a good talk with Lan last night. He wishes that I had not taken off for the summer 2 years ago, letting him pass me in rank. I kinda regret it too, but at the same time, I just can't. His skill far surpasses mine and it has for a long time. He deserves a higher rank than I have and is indeed my better on the mat. Riggs Sensei treats Lan as an assistant instructor and that is with good reason: Lan is worthy of such title and recognition. Now, Lan will never be as HUMBLE as I am, but then again... I don't think anyone is.
It's hard to be humble when you're as good lookin' as me, but I wrote the book on humility! Just ask me! I'll tell ya! "Yes, I'm TRULY humble!"
Uh... sorry, what were we talking about again? Oh yeah: ME!