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Last night's class was really a good one. We worked on shiho nage all night and though Sensei didn't say anything I haven't heard a million times already, it really started to "click" last night!
Keep your hands in front of you, like your holding a sword.
Raise it up, pivot and cut... like you would with a sword.
Keep a good connection with the uke's center: musubi.
These are all things I "knew," but for whatever reason... I saw them all again last night for the first time.
"Connection" is the key and also the ki of Aikido. You can sit there and move your body or arm or whatever all day long. But if you don't have a connection to the uke, you aren't going to move them at all and you're gonna get hit! Totally open to atemi without good connection.
And once you have that connection, you can do so much more and do more effectivly by keeping your hands right in front of you. Not an inch to the side... not to the side of your body... but RIGHT in FRONT of your CENTER!!
It never ceases to amaze me how time will tick by and I hear things over and over... but every now and then, it all just CLICKS. Suddenly I'm not listening, but hearing and understanding.
I once said you have to figure something out 100 times before you finally get it. Hopefully, this is one of those moments! Only 99 more to go!
At this rate, I'll be ready for black belt by the time I'm 102 years old.