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It's odd to be a senior student while I still haven't earned any rank in my new dojo. We have a new crop of students, most of whom have n MA experience at all.
Class was very satisfying in one sense: Sensei used me as demo uke. And there was even another black belt in the class. WOW, I am still sore. But I feel good in that I think my ukemi is continuing to improve. It was really fun to be tossed around (you know you're an aikido addict when you bounce up and say "do it again, do it again!") I'm trying to track down the name of the last technique we studied : two hand grab, tenkon, lead low, then circle arm counter-wise, give uke a bit of support with free hand in small of back then take it away and arimi with another piviot (pivot on front, kick back foot back and around). Sweet. Very fun one that.
On the other hand I had to deal with alot of plain noodles. Noodle arms are impossible to do static starts with. I've been more threatened by static cling... The new students... well no energy to work with. Plus I suspect two of the new men were avoiding partnering with me. Well, I'll give them the benifit of the doubt. I'll be sure to plop down next to them tonight.
Last week I did my favorite trick of failing to move, and sure enough, the punch to the "face" landed about a foot left of my left shoulder and about 6 inches short. Ah I love messing with their pointy heads. Com'on HIT ME!
At any rate, I focused on being a sensitive training uke; matching their ability and using the opportunity to focus on smoothing out my rolls.
Oh yeah, the last technique I practiced with the other yudansha, that's probably why I had so much fun with it...