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We have been slowing things down again in order to concentrate on little niuances that are helping me with my lazy leg syndrome, proper foot placement, and maintaining the intent or the completion of the technique without leaving uke an opening to escape half way through the technique.
This really forces me to concentrate on every aspect of the technique from beginning to the end. I really am seeing the tenseness in my shoulders disappear as well. Moveing slower is making me more aware of this thus I can correct. I guess the trick now is to gradually speed up the technique without going back to that tense choppy technique that I'm trying to work my way out of.
Sensei showed me why I was loseing half my ukes in sankyo. I was merely standing into the sankyo causeing uke's arm to come up more into a hammer lock. Now when I stand I lead the arms energy back into the fore arm thus making the arm draw up into the proper position to maintain the sankyo. I am still nervous about putting too much grip on the fingers for sankyo in case I apply to the point of an injury. This is because I still have a tender wrist from a sankyo I received last spring and I don't want to do the same thing to someone else.
No class on Wednsday! I'm going to lay out a big tarp I bought for practicing in my back yard and practice my ukemi with an arobic intent, and try to work more on my flexability. If I can work up a sweat a couple of times this way before next class maybe I can make it through to the end of class without grabbing a drink of water or needing a break.