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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #92 New 01-14-2004 11:03 PM
Also known as: Going from frustration to...innovation

Well, I can't complain --- tonight we coincidentally (or perhaps not) got to work on a couple of things that were on my little list of things to improve for the Gokkyu test, specifically:
Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza) and
Shomenuchi Shihonage

The Sankyo hand change is starting to feel smoother and less awkward, yay!

I still can't believe that I forgot how to do Shomenuchi Shihonage --- I guess it had been some time since we got to practice it. Little things to fine-tune include anticipating uke's fall forward and throwing not only down, but outwards at the same time so that I don't end up thrown forward and off balance like...ahem...usual. Also, finding that I don't have to really swing out with uke's arm on the ura version seemed to help quite a bit as well.

We have a couple of new students, and as one of them is quite naturally strong, he has a tendency to physically resist technique (not surprisingly, both of them do --- despite repeated attempts by Sensei to get them to attack with their whole centre instead of just...standing there). Well, I was speaking to one of my Sempais, and he expressed some frustration at the difficulty in trying to practice techniques with one of them; naturally, being a smaller person, I also would find the same frustration on occasion, but as of tonight I realized something quite interesting that I ended up telling him about after class was over.

I found that as I was practicing Kousadori Nikkyo with one of them, and his natural response to this was to repeatedly lock his elbow out and pull back in a defensive manner (as opposed to more realistically bending his elbow and coming forward to attack), that instead of being frustrated about not being able to practice the technique properly, I was starting to think about what different technique I could theoretically apply to adapt to uke's given energy. The first thing that came to mind was Ikkyo, taking advantage of uke's already straight arm (my Sempai later also suggested perhaps Yonkyo might work as well).

In any case, this definitely made me feel a lot better --- it was one of those "Aha!" moments that prompted a lot of idiotic grinning on my part and ultimately Sensei's teasing, but whatever.

I guess I should also have asked the new student to attack more realistically as well (granted, I didn't find the words to describe why at the time and timing is indeed everything); the other thing is, I'm still also very hesitant to give advice unless it's asked for or it seems that the person is stuck in a rut...it's a tough call. When in doubt, I usually just shut up, though sometimes I wonder if this is a good thing.
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