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Creation Date: 02-19-2008 11:49 AM
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In General Warmth (edit) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #38 New 04-18-2012 01:42 PM
Keiko was fun last night. In the beginners' class we worked on tai no henko and gyaku hanmi katatetori. We had 3 or 4 new or newish students so it was focused on very basic things like maintaining connection; how to grab/suppress; and basic form. I tend to really like focusing on the more basic stuff. In each movement of course ideally it all has to be there, but because I'm so new again I really need those reminders. I was happy to notice a couple times while I was about to correct my partner on some points (again, very new students), my sempai and sensei made the same correction I was about to offer. I always feel unsure about making suggestions because I know it can be annoying to folks, so that felt kinda good.
Again, one of the highlights for me was getting to see my sempai. Each one has a somewhat unique perspective and way of presenting the material. I always enjoy each individual "flavor" of our overall "flavor" of aikido.
One thought I had while practicing rolls was how nice it feels to do kohotento, particularly around my lower back and hips. This used to be a daily practice for me and I think I'm going to start making that happen again.
New daily routine will be approx. 30-45+ min of:
Misogi norito
Ibuki undo
Ame no torifune undo
Kohotento (graduating eventually to standing)
Shomen uchi (focusing on femoral rotation and back-bow application)
Bokuto kata
Free-flowing movement
(bokuto or taijutsu)

I'm really enjoying the warmth that fills my body after practice; it makes the drive home rather pleasant. Chronic body aches are lessened; head feels clearer and more relaxed. I have always loved the very healthy feeling I get from Aikido.
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