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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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  #25 New 09-10-2003 12:11 AM
A Tuesday, for once...but minus the Randori. *sniffle*

Looks like I'll be able to actually attend Tuesdays for a while, at least until the end of the month when my volunteer ESL teaching should resume (who knows, it might not even be Tuesday nights again).

For the time being, we'll be working on test stuff on Tuesdays instead of Randori in order to prepare for this Fall's testing period (no idea when it will be). On tonight's menu:

Shomenuchi Nikkyo (Suwari Waza) - Random notes...
- keep arms extended (though not locked completely straight) when pinning
- pin uke's hand against collarbone/shoulder closest to him, hold in place with opposite hand, and with hand closest to him wrapped around his wrist, settle weight down towards him

Shomenuchi Kotegaishi
- don't step in too closely upon initial entry
- roll hand of blocking arm outwards while turning/tenkan to grab uke's wrist with other hand
- step back a fair amount to "stretch" uke out right before kotegaishi
- remember that kotegaishi is not a pumping motion, but a blending one --- up and around, over and against uke's hand, with my hand straight over his and the middle of my covering palm should be over my thumb; my arms should be extending downwards, as if into my centre
- straighten uke's arm so that his shoulder is flush with and right down to the mat before performing pin with both hands, dropping weight on the back of his down-turned hand
Notes on Breakfalling for Kotegaishi:
- move in quickly (to avoid becoming stretched out) and get up on toes to leap into the breakfall
- keep arm downwards to the side so that it ends up pretty well right next to my body on the mat, as rolling over it is easier (not to mention less hazardous) in this position than trying to bring the arm over while rolling

Tsuki Kokyuho
- step outwards to the side with lead leg
- hook uke's arm inside the elbow with forearm and while moving inside again (triangular entry) drop arm down and towards him (should turn him around)

I notice that there are some notes here that sound awfully familiar, as though I've mentioned them before --- I think I'll go over my old journal entries to note which ones and then come back and put an asterisk next to the ones that seem to be indicative of bad habits on my part --- that way, I can try to pay closer attention to those.

Although most of the time I feel very self-aware of my body in the sense of whether or not a technique is feeling awkward in some way or another, there are times when even though I may feel just fine, there are actually problems with my timing or spacing in relation to my partner --- at times such as these, Sensei will catch them and point them out to me...it's amazing how much our own subjective perspective can really blind us at to a great many things, and how viewing a technique from another angle (even slight) can really change one's awareness of how a technique will work (or not, in my case )

This makes me wonder if there is a point that one can reach where, even while one is participating in a technique, one can obtain a certain kind of omnipresent perspective of what is going on not only within the small, microcosmic realm of their own immediate experience, but within the greater realm of their environment. This reminds me a great deal of a biography I read on O Sensei, in which he was described as an extremely hyper-sensitive person who was (almost obsessively so) aware of his surroundings and would react to this awareness very quickly. I wonder how much of this is an inherent sense, peculiar to a very rare kind of person, and how much of this can be honed through having experienced countless situations.

It seems that my breakfalls are coming along decently, though I wish I could say as much for my Ushiro ukemi...Sensei took the time to critique our rolling tonight, which is always (at least to me) a very good thing, mostly because I really need it.

When it comes to rolling, I think I understand what adjustments need to be made (I've written about them in detail here before, so I won't repeat them) --- it's just the actual *doing* that's the tricky part. I know that it will come with time and practice, so long as I remain conscious of what needs to be done. So I suppose all that remains is for me to be patient with myself...
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