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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 Becoming the Centre (Mon. Jan. 17/Tues. Jan. 18, 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #162 New 01-19-2005 01:26 AM
Mostly thought fragments today...

Though I'm motivated enough to get out to class every day (and you have to be to do all that walking in Winnipeg Winter weather --- ahh, the joys of not owning a vehicle; the windchill puts hair on yer chest...arr!) I wish I could feel the same about journalling here. I mean, there's always a great deal to ponder. I just don't always feel like logging it all. After awhile, things start feeling like the usual same-old, same-old.

Anyhoo, I'll do my best. (Though this feels like having your teeth pulled. I wish I didn't feel so blah about my own Aikido. That might have something to do with it. Yes, there's a great deal to be learned and a great deal to write about. But I guess I'm at this low point where I feel like I want my body to do the thinking for me...I spend so much time being introspective. I know the merits of it full well. I wish I could explain this apathy I feel towards writing these days.)

We're starting to focus on test techniques again, so I spent the past couple of days on Shomenuchi Nikkyo. Oh, the usual. Working on improving timing, that blasted hand turnover (gosh, I hate having such tiny hands --- I do it just fine with Ken as uke, but then he has small hands too), silly little details that make a world of difference. You know. Posture. Maintaining tension on uke's arm. Stuff. (See what I mean about this being like pulling teeth? Gak.)

I did, however, make note of a good point Sensei made when he was helping Ken and Garry with Ikkyo Ura --- wrapping uke around you like a stripe 'round a candy cane (or barber pole); making uke have to move with you. I was considering this along with other principles like taking uke's place --- thinking of how it's a lot like becoming the centre. Here you have two independent centres with differing energy that meet and become one --- nage's centre is the one around which everything moves; uke's energy gets sucked into this other and is redirected. You see it a lot with all the spiralling that happens in nage's movements. Spiralling downwards, spiralling upwards like a spring or a coil. Heh. As always, it sounds so good "on paper". Trying to actually DO it is another thing entirely. :-P

I need a break. (From writing, not Aikido. Sheesh.) Thankfully, the next couple weeks or so will provide it, as my family will be heading off to the Philippines again (this time for a real vacation) and I'm planning on attending the seminar in Manila with Sugawara Shihan in early February. A three day seminar with a hombu shihan for 5US (60 Philippine pesos per session, and there are 5 sessions --- a weekend seminar here in Canada is usually 60CAD)...can't beat that!
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