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Tuesday night. Sensei Robin. Sensei Robin is one of those people that doesn't let you have a technique. You know that if you complete the technique, you did the technique. Maybe not as well as you could have, but you hit the high points. Then he'll work on improving the little things one at a time. I connect with him really well. He and I talk energy a lot.
If I were ever asked what I want my Aikido to be like I think the answer (which I'm sure will change over time) would be a cross between Sensei Jamie and Sensei Robin.
So we worked on some basics. Gyaku-hanmi Katatetori, Kokyunage, Kotegaeshi, and Ikkyo followed by a little Kokyudosa.
Kokyunage. I helped a sempai find his center on the Omote version we were doing. Realized that I wasn't getting low enough before pivoting causing me to loose the connection when I pivoted.
Kotegaeshi. Robin helped me realize that the inital arm movement was like a backhand strike to the face, just on a different line. Taught me not to drive downward when turning Uke to their bellies. Taught me a variation on the pin, then corrected me to make sure I had his hand at the right angle to make it a little less painful.
Ikkyo. Worked with the visually impaired student again. I really like working with him. A nice guy, dedicated to learning the techniques. He keeps me honest, cause if they aren't right his body doesn't respond correctly since he doesn't see most of the demonstration.
Kokyudosa. Back with Robin. There were several others in class, I just didn't get the opportunity to work with them. 3 newer students were present so most of the sempai rush to work with them. I usually just take a laid back approach. If someone chooses me I work with them. If not I work with whomever is left. This time it was Robin. He taught me to move from the bottom of my hip sockets and that once the connection was made uke should respond as though they were a part of me. His energy seems to tingle a little more than most. I can feel the connection and the energy exchange when I work with him. Instead of making the connection to uke's center I can accept his energy and let him connect with my center, at the same time my energy flows unrestricted into his, it's nice not to have to search for it