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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 Balance? *Sigh*... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #62 New 11-11-2003 08:36 PM
It was another small class tonight with just me, Sensei, and Sempais Sascha and Jeremy. (Is everyone hibernating or something?) For tonight's Randori, which we did in two sets with a couple rounds each, we practiced a variety of techniques. The first set was from Tsuki (both direct and indirect Iriminage, the latter also known as "the technique where nage looks like a big white bird flapping its wings" , and --- I believe --- a form of Kokyunage). The second was from Ryokatadori (possibly two other forms of Kokyunage...um...yeah. Heck --- who am I kidding?! I have no idea!).

I started the night off alright, I suppose --- making a habit of coupling my breathing with technique, etc. At least I have one thing to be proud of.

Man, I really need to work on my balance, and maintaining/lowering my own centre! As "simple" as this might seem (yes, I can hear all you Yudansha laughing! ), it seems that the more "simple" the technique is, the more I end up being thrown off balance (go figure that), especially when uke breakfalls (perhaps a little more understandable). I do make a habit of squatting; but sometimes I just get pulled right over regardless.

Granted, there's just 105 lbs. of me, but still...am I expecting too much of myself to believe that somehow I can have the ability to maintain some stability and zanshin when I'm throwing someone twice my size? Is Ki simply a matter of faith? Or am I just deluding myself? Grr...I'm really starting to hate being a little person!

To top it all off, Sensei has been saying that I'll be testing at the next seminar in February, and I'm here thinking, "Yeah right." --- I don't feel the least bit ready. I even hear him say again and again how envious he is, that I'm a natural at such and such, but it just makes me want to laugh. Feh. (As if there's some ukemi gene or something!)
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#2 11-12-2003 08:00 AM
jducusin Says:
Thanks so much Kelly --- yes, that is helpful! I always thought I felt pretty relaxed (sometimes perhaps too much so), but I'll definitely try to keep that in mind as I go along.
#1 11-12-2003 02:20 AM
Kelly Allen Says:
The finishing with Ki issue is, in my opinion, more than just lowering your center by bending your knees. Even a big guy like me gets pulled off my center on finishing a technique. Even if I was throwing someone much smaller than I. What I have discovered is not only do I have to lower my center, but I must remain supple and relaxed. I discovered that in some cases it don't matter how low I get when I finish a technique, if I'm tense,and the uke attacks with enough energy he/she will pull me off ballance. On the other hand if I finish the technique relaxed to the point where I can absorb the energy through my body, ie. like a shock absorber, it don't matter how big the uke is or how much energy is in his/her attack I can finish very stable. Sensei is very good at helping students to visualize/internalize how to develope the concept of Ki. It is not a leap of faith. It really is a learned concept. Once its figured out it makes other things fall into place as well. At least it did for me. That being said, once you get the idea and feel for the concept of Ki, even though things start to click, You'll tend to find that knowing what you have to do, and doing it with all techniques are two different things. Hope this helps.

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