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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 Bruised, Battered and Loving it (what else is new? Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #145 New 08-12-2004 08:14 AM
I got up this morning sore in four different places. That's a good sign. Pain reminds you that you're alive. It's helpful when you feel so overwhelmed by other parts of your life that your kneejerk reaction is to go emotionally numb. I'm looking forward to Jo practice tonight --- one of the things I really love about the weapons work we do is the spiritual release of having to kiai every time you strike. Often, I feel that it represents for me a roar from the bottom of my soul. Yup, I really get into it. I mean, how often do you get to really yell like that in your daily life? It's a good feeling, getting it out.

The test technique Garry and I worked on last night was Yokomenuchi Kokyunage, of which there are two varieties (we've worked on both in the past, but for the life of us couldn't recall how to do them, so yes --- I will be making some of those banal "instructional" notes here to remind me in future):

Version One - (generally if uke blocks with non-striking hand), Step back, grab uke's arm at wrist and upper arm and throw forward.

Version Two - (if uke does not block), Step forward, cut uke's striking arm down at the elbow, and with the other hand, atemi at his face/neck and throw downwards.

Reminder: We were going to work on the other Kokyunage on the test (from Ushiro Ryotekubitori) but didn't have enough time last night to let me have a go at it.

Sempai Jeff was out last night --- it had been some time, and it was so good to see him again --- he paired up with me for the "mini-Randori" at the end of class. I swear, to both see and even more so, to feel Jeff's Randori is to know why I proudly call him Sempai! Everything he does is strong and without hesitation. It makes me wonder what I'll be like when I get to Nikkyu one day.
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