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This will be another short entry. Saturday's class was very good and I got a lot of individual instruction. This could be construed as a negative, but I really needed some pointers and I'm glad I got them. Primarily, I need to work on my tsuki with bokken; loading it up more and releasing the strike slowly and with full extension. A general problem that I have is that I need to bring my back foot along with my body movement, or at least I need to get better at doing that.
Yes, I got bonked on the head while practicing the first kumitachi. My partner pulled his strike, so it was more of a bonk than a bash. It didn't hurt much, and I discovered a problem in my technique. *sheepish grin* A lot of the problems I experience in aikido tend to be self-correcting.
Finally, A conversation we had during a break was thought-provoking. I brought up the point I made a few posts ago that aikido provides one model of confrontation, but it leaves out things like passive-aggressive conflict. My instructor agreed with me, but said that the conflict we model in the dojo is the most dangerous conflict one can encounter. Other forms of conflict can be dealt with using the same tools we use at the extreme end of the continuum, but applied with sensitivity to what we're given. For example, one can use aikido to take down somebody who is trying to get away rather than attack (as I've done). That got me thinking about how to deal with non-physical passive-aggressiveness. I'll have to give it more thought.