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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, fitness, happiness, horses, & life, by a 53 y/o sho-dan.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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  #16 New 08-31-2009 08:00 AM
With 20 days to my first-ever (6 kyu) grading exam I've started cramming stuff into my brain, and into muscle memory.

Several months ago I copied all the requirements (for all tests through shodan) from the exam preparation page on the Aikido of San Diego web site, and pasted them into Google Docs spreadsheet. As I learn them I can make notes, and then review from time to time. Using Google Docs lets me access it from anywhere, including my iPhone when I have a spare moment.

Here's what I have to know, plus real basic-basics like etiquette & how to stand in hanmi. (Formatting/punctuation is my own. Not standard, but clearer to me.):

6 Kyu Exam Content

Ukemi: Forward roll
Ukemi: Back roll
Katate-dori: tai no henko,
Katate-dori: shihonage, omote
Katate-dori: shihonage, ura
Shomen-uchi: tenkan
Shomen-uchi: irimi
Shomen-uchi: Ikkyo, omote
Shomen-uchi: Ikkyo, ura
Jiyuwaza: grabs
Suwariwaza: kokyu dosa

I have a paragraph or two of notes on each, from big "what is this" info to little tips on the finer points of execution. Sometimes just having a few key words is a huge help. "The zig-zag one, where you end with their arm pinned flat to the floor" (katete-dori shihonage omote), or "the one where you disappear behind Uke" (...ura), or the way-more-fun-sounding-than-it-really-is "smooshing a pie in Uke's face," (suwariwaza kokyu dosa).

Now that I have the info down, I can sort of drill myself on it, mentally, and use visualization to practice each technique a few hundred times in my mind. Before last week I was uncertain about enough points that I didn't dare work on memorization or visualization for fear of ingraining the wrong thing.

I'm comfortable that I at least know what all the techniques are, if I were to hear the names called out, and can go through the motions of each. Now I need to get the names down flat, so I'll still know what they are even under pressure and try to get a little finesse and flow in the execution of each.

6 training/mentoring days to go, and a 3-day Retreat. Acck!

I'm also working on cardio & breathing, so I don't get so winded I can't see straight during jiyuwaza. I don't know if Sensei sets students up in class so we get a direct and vivid understanding of our weakest points, but last Tuesday's class pointed out that I need to deal with high-level, short-burst work more than I have been.

It's gonna be a fun few weeks...
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#4 09-04-2009 07:57 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
I also have the Aikido 3D program, which is a huge help. All the techniques are in it, so if I forget how one goes I can check - from several points of view. Very handy for reviewing.
#3 09-04-2009 07:54 AM
Linda Eskin Says:
Ninjaqutie: The katatedori techniques are (I believe) all from gyaku hanmi. (Note to self: Check on that...) Shadowfax: Great idea! I have several Aikido playlists on YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/user/LindaEskin), but just added a column to my spreadsheet with videos demonstrating most of the techniques, so they are handy for reviewing..
#2 08-31-2009 08:42 PM
ninjaqutie Says:
For your katatedori ones, do you have to do each of them from both ai and gyaku hanmi? Just curious
#1 08-31-2009 11:33 AM
Shadowfax Says:
I have a u tube collection of vids on the techniques on my test. And A list sitting by my desk. So when I am sitting here I look at the list and mentally run through the technique then take a look to see if I had it right. Right now our classes always include a couple of the techniques on the test as well as techniques on the nikyu test as we have people testing for that as well. I so wish Shihonage was on my test! I really like that technique.

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