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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #49 New 10-21-2003 04:59 PM
Now that I have your attention...

Well, I got my computer up and running again (no problem --- I just replaced the power supply, and while I was at it, added an extra fan to the case) so there should be no problem getting an entry up on tonight's class.

In the meantime, here's the late one for last night (Monday):

We started things off with the usual Monday night fare: Bokken practice, namely some katas and some waza...I'm guessing that Sensei wanted us to do a nice variety of stuff since his brother came by to videotape/take still shots of us for the webpage, which I'll be be able to update with the new pics (hopefully soon...*taps foot impatiently*).

My theory was pretty well confirmed when he had us do the ukemi drill portion of our warmup (not typical for Mondays) --- I'm hoping that if we get to watch it, we can critique/troubleshoot our rolling.

We went on to do some Shomenuchi Ikkyo (Suwari Waza), and I need to really get more smoothness into it (not to mention better timing); I've also been finding that keeping uke's elbow controlled initially has been difficult for me as of late --- it will bend on me a lot instead of being stable and locked, and I am unsure if this is right (it doesn't feel right). Other things I need to note:
- Use hip in final move to bring uke's arm completely flat on the mat
- Pin stably with arm just above perpendicular to uke's body, with inner knee against uke's armpit and the other against his wrist

The night continued with Shomenuchi Shihonage and ended with Ryokatadori Kokyunage (for which I need to remember to slide back initially to receive the grab in order to stretch uke out, since I'm smaller and naturally have smaller strides/take smaller steps).

As for being taped doing Aikido, I don't think I was very self-conscious about it --- I definitely made an effort to ignore that it was even there (since he ranged all over the place), but other than that it was pretty normal. Speaking of being taped, Sensei and Sempai Jeremy were on A Channel's "The Big Breakfast" again this morning, though of course I missed it (not having a TV) and I forgot to get friends/family to tape it for me.
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