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Did freestyle tonight, 3 of us in class with Sensei.
Munetsuki attack. I did lots of corner drops (sumi otoshi), kotegeishi, shiho once, took me forever to even think of doing basics: katame waza. I busted out with Sankyo and hear Sensei behind me say,"I was wondering when someone was going to do some of the basics."
Next time I need to do more basics, some iriminage, different kokyu. Need to work on the footwork... I was off last night.
Next up was Ushirowaza, haven't practiced that in a long time. I war fairly happy with how I did, though none of us did any koshi's. Need to work on squats to strengthen my legs... my knees are weak!
Also, basic randori "pass off" stuff! We never practice that until testing time comes around, and even then, not enough. When in doubt, remember to just get the hell off line and either pass off the uke, or chokutsuki (sp?) hand to the face, drop down duck and let them fly over.
One thing I would like to concentrate on more is leading the uke: capturing their mind and leading them to think I'm doing one thing when in fact I'm doing something else. Sensei does that all the time. Perhaps I should concentrate more on POSTURE and leave the "leading" till after the next test.
Sensei confirmed we'll be at the "Celebration of the Arts" in a couple weeks to do a demonstration. That should be good. People in Midland really have no idea what Aikido is and who/what/where we are. I'd like to see us put on two "shows": hand techniques and weapons techniques. Spread it out over a bit of time, wander around with our hakama and gi on, answer questions for people and see if we can't spark some interest out there.
Weapons take-aways are so much fun and rather formidable looking, we need to work that in. Sensei is also planning on doing some of that in Houston when we head down there for a seminar. Time to study up on that!
Also, my wife (she's so good), she read my mind again and has been thinking of how we could make a sign for the demonstration. Need to get a painter's drop cloth (canvas tarp) and stincle in and paint up a sign. Going to work on some logo ideas for Sensei's new dojo and a couple other ideas.
Lots to do, little time. Why can't I just hit the lottery and become independently wealthy??? I could do SO MUCH GOOD with mo' money!