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I received my certificate for my promotion to Rokyu today. I don't feel deserving of it, but apparently my sensie and shihan think I am. So I'll take it and do my best to be deserving.
Sensei Jamie went to MN over the weekend for a seminar. He said they spent the seminar working on the basics. So that's what we did today. We did all Ai Hanmi Katatetori with Kokyonage, Iriminage, and Kotegaeshi.
Kokyonage. I had lots of trouble with. Once, thanks to one of my sempai, I realized that the arm movements were positioning me to atemi to the face of uke, all of the rest of the body movements fell into place.
Iriminage. I have to remember to focus on me not uke. It doesn't matter if their arm ends up where I want it to, what matters is that I finish the movements of the technique.
Kotegaeshi. Probably one of my favorite techniques.
We now have a visually impaired student in our class. He started on Saturday. I say impaired because I get the sense that he isn't blind, but that he can't see much. He walks using a cane, is that the word for it, or is it a walking stick.... either way I'm sure you get the point. He catches on pretty quickly. It's interesting and good. I like having him there. It makes me have to be more honest about the techniques to be able to describe them to him in a manner that he comprehends them.
I keep feeling like I'm stepping over my bounds. I keep reminding myself to shutup and train, but find myself teaching more and more. I'm now reaching a point that there are enough white belts in class that I am an experienced student in contrast, though I claim no proficiency I still feel like it was last week that I was using that white belt to hold my pants up
Sensei hasn't said anything so I guess I'm okay, I just keep trying to keep that in mind when I am training with the new sempai. It's hard though. They look so pleading when I am working with them I feel like I have to try to help them.
Heh, not that long ago Sensei Cathy was teaching class, and I stepped too far. I saw a potential for injury and tried to get her to watch one of the white belts and I do a particular variation on iriminage. She cut me off at the request for her to watch us before I could explain why and said "one thing at at time" and let us train. Neither of us got hurt, but my falls could have been less painful if his foot work had been different. He was finishing iriminage in a manner that left his leg directly under uke's back. Ouch! I started to rebutt and seeing as I was preparing for testing had recently read through the etiquettes, one of which is to not contradict sensei, so I just bit my tongue and said ok. I'm glad neither of us got hurt.