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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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In General Aikikai/Iwama Gasshuku - Day Two of Two Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #124 New 04-25-2004 04:26 PM
There were about half as many of us on the mats today, which was kind of nice in that there was more room to practice in, if not as much variety in partners.

Niomba Sensei taught for the morning this time, starting with a softer version of yesterday's rolling warmup and tobu ukemi, but including some dynamic/continuous leg stretches and some practice for faster breakfalls which I had never done before but was quite fun (all that spinning around horizontally).

This morning, we worked mostly on techniques from Morotaedori --- a couple of kinds of Kokyuho as well as some enjoyable Kaeshi Waza from Morotaedori Shihonage that culminated in a Judo/Jiujutsu-like throw. We also did some techniques from Ushiro, such as a defense from having both arms grabbed, and a "Full Nelson". The morning was capped off with a closed-fisted version of Kokyudosa, which took some getting used to after being taught so much to always keep ones hands open and fingers extended.

As always, the most interesting techniques to practice were those which need a great deal of blending with uke's energy from the get-go (as challenging as this may be for me at times) --- while we were practicing one of the Morotaedori Kokyuho techniques, for example, Sempai Jeremy shared with me a kind of "Aha" moment upon realizing that our movements serve to flow with uke's downward pressure on our wrist. Granted, I was having some difficulty applying this for myself (particularly getting under uke's elbow), but it was a nice realization nonetheless.

Hay Sensei took over the afternoon and taught an hour of Jo practice, during which we covered both some very familiar exchanges as well as a couple of "new" (to me) variations on them. It's a shame that none of Niomba Sensei's students were able to stay for the afternoon --- they might have found our style of Jo an interesting contrast to Aiki-Jo.

All in all, the weekend was a great learning experience and a lot of fun on top of that --- we not only got to be exposed to some different ways of doing techniques but we got to meet and practice with some friendly new people. I'm really glad our sensei is so open-minded about other Aikido styles and different martial arts...it's certainly a far cry from the attitudes of other teachers I've known.
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