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The gi was heavy with sweat and scent
The coarse fabric rough against my skin Nage drew me close, very close Irimi Nage can be can be so personal
I mentally commanded my body to relax
To relax and feel the movement
When he threw me I felt
The smooth power and the release
My ukemi was not so smooth
One of many things I need to work on