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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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  #76 New 12-08-2003 10:59 PM
"Fill all thy bones with aches."
--- William Shakespeare, "The Tempest", Act 1 - Scene 2

As I'm writing this, I'm running a marvelous hot bath for myself.

After things feeling so smooth and flowing on Thursday (alas, I never got a chance to do an entry for it --- we did a lovely blending/leading version of Katatedori Kaitenage), it's always nice to have a Monday night of Taesabaki to show you just how things can be...quite the opposite. My bruises can attest to the fact that I really need to work more on blending and deflection in my blocking. Not to mention that we threw in a bit of Yonkyo (your favourite and mine) for good measure as well. Boy, am I really going to enjoy this bath.

As far as techniques go, Yonkyo for me is still a bit of an iffy thing. I'm told by some ukes that it works and it's hella painful at best, but I've also found out from others that it can be pretty useless as well. It's still pretty sporadic for me, trying to get it just right. Sensei emphasized posture during Yonkyo so that we can focus on extension and using our centre. Sometimes, however, it seems as though it takes a lot more effort than one would think it ought to...For myself, I've been finding that it really depends on the uke...for some it takes very little extension, others a heck of a lot (*ahem*, not naming names here ). Did I mention how much I'm really going to enjoy a hot bath right about now? Well, I am.
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