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Creation Date: 02-19-2008 12:49 PM
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  #11 New 04-12-2011 01:01 PM
The handfull of times I've made it to keiko this year have had a nice feeling of "getting back on the horse," despite still being fairly few and far between. The kenjutsu and jojutsu forms sensei Barrish practices these days are mostly new to me, so they really help reinforce that feeling of beginner's mind.
This last saturday I missed the morning misogi because I was up late tending to my sick 2 year old and so overslept. I also just barely made it to keiko on time so I started with a bit of a rushed feeling. It quickly went away as we headed out to train next to the river. We went through a series of paired ken and jo forms and moved on to taijutsu before coming back in to the jinja to finish up the keiko.
At one point I was able to take ukemi from sensei as we worked on a tachi waza omote sankyo variation. One of the things that always stands out to me in training is how different everyone feels. As uke I'm always looking to "pour" into nage, and depending on the nage, I'm always looking for how to do that. The interesting thing about sensei is how obvious my movement is. Almost without exception, I simply don't feel like I have an option...and even where I feel like I have options, I always feel like I have to play catch-up to his initiative.
It's really quite fascinating too how this adds to my form as nage. Taking ukemi from sensei I often have the feeling that my structure gets "squared up." I've often noticed how good my bad shoulder, neck, and back feels when taking ukemi from sensei, like it was a cooperative form of shiatsu, and this in turn seems to add strength or responsiveness to my role as nage. It brings to my mind the idea of holographic attunement.
Anyhoo...great fun and I'm looking forward to the slow-but-sure advancement of my training again. Kimochi! I'm also very excited about the Aiki Taisai coming up!!!
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#2 04-13-2011 02:46 PM
mathewjgano Says:
Thank you, Carina! I think that definately plays an important role in why. I think it also has to do with the clarity of forces those senior students and sensei have. With someone closer to my skill level there is always some part of the body that seems to waiver a little, but with sensei and the more senior students their actions just feel more crisp and solid. It's nice to refresh my training...and it feels, oddly enough, refreshing!
#1 04-12-2011 04:48 PM
guest1234567 Says:
Thanks Matthew for sharing this, I feel like that too with my sensei or with an experienced tori, it is because taking ukemi with someone to whom you have confidence you relax more than with others.

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