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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 Aikikai/Iwama Gasshuku - Day One of Two Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #123 New 04-24-2004 09:50 PM
The first morning of the weekend workshop was taught by our Sensei (Jon Hay), started things off with a rolling warmup that we've done in the past. Techniques we worked on included: Katadori Kokyuho, Kaeshi Waza from Katadori Nikkyo, Yokomenuchi Shihonage and Kousadori Nikkyo, ending things with the usual Kokyudosa. Although they were mostly familiar techniques, having the opportunity to work on them with a wider variety of training partners than usual --- adapting to their various body-types and energies is always an enjoyable (and sometimes even rewarding ) challenge. At the very least, "failure" brings to light areas for me which require more practice and/or an alternate tactic.

In the afternoon, Oto Niomba (sp?) Sensei led class with some Aiki-Ken basics and exchanges. This was an interesting new experience for those of us from my clan --- especially getting used to having to pick up our feet after having been so used to sliding our feet around though I personally found the extra activity fun to do. There was a lot of learning to adapt to the different details in sword motions, but it was just as interesting to learn the basic concepts behind them (such as "drawing in" the opponents strike --- which was essentially a form of blending in retreat); it was initially a little tough to (albeit temporarily) break the habit of extending forward to actually ensure that your strike would connect and replace this with sword movements that are more subtle, but after a few reps one just got used to it.

There was an interesting point made by one of my Sempais that weapons work is a nice way to end a long day of practice, when one might normally be quite a bit tired and less able to breakfall effectively. Unfortunately, we couldn't exactly test this theory out since (due to space contraints) we hardly did any breakfalling at all.

A good day all in all --- looking forward to the new things that the next may bring...
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