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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General A New Technique, A New Technique! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #93 New 01-17-2004 12:15 PM
Well, new to me at least. Yippee! Ahem --- I mean, how nice. I know most folks around my level would be thinking, "nice to what? Feel even more uncoordinated than usual?" --- but I don't know, I just feel like new techniques to me are this breath of fresh air once in a while, something to make the complacent mind have to think in a different way instead of go into Autopilot...that sort of feeling. Laugh if you will. It makes perfect sense to *me*.

We learned (er, rather, started learning, hehehe) Katatedori Hijinage (sp?), which reminded me a lot of Kaitennage. It's the kind of technique that you can tell is supposed to be nicely leading and circular --- if only I could get it to be as nicely leading and circular as I can imagine it to be...my best guess is that maybe I'm relying too much on how it looks (whether or not it looks circular) and not enough on how it actually feels.

We also practiced Ushiro Rytekubidori Ikkyo (another interesting coincidence, or do I have an angel looking out for me? *chuckle* ), thanks very much! Now I actually know which way to step initially --- well, it's based on the premise that your uke mimics your stance. When he doesn't, things get rather...awkward, as I soon found out. When it comes to more resistant ukes, I was also told that I can lean into him to get control of his elbow before gaining control of his hand with my other hand --- also very helpful.

Which reminds me, speaking of leaning, I'm still weighing the pros and cons trying to decide who to ask to be my uke for the test. In regards to resistant ukes, perhaps the path of least resistance would be best after all.
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