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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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  #78 New 12-12-2003 11:58 PM
Things are copacetic.

Of "the usual suspects", it was just me and Sempai Tim aside from Sensei of course, but we were also joined tonight by two guests: one was a new student, and the other (who, it turns out, was actually someone I went to Junior High with --- small world!) sat in to watch the class and plans to start with us next week.

We worked on:
Shomenuchi Ikkyo (Suwari Waza)
Katatedori Kokyuho
Shomenuchi Iriminage to Sankyo (Henka Waza)
Katatedori Kokyunage(? --- here I go again)

When we were doing Katatedori Kokyuho, Sensei drew my attention to what should have been a circular, leading arm movement on my part, and this made things feel a lot better with respect to flow and smoothness.

During the Henka Waza: Shomenuchi Iriminage to Sankyo, the hand exchange got less awkward with practice (and faster, once I started doing Sankyo more quickly after the atemi), but it still felt rather strange letting go of uke's arm with one hand and switching to the other --- almost like it would be rather vulnerable to losing control of uke. More to think about, at any rate.

Tonight, I grew a greater appreciation for not only Sensei's patience, but in particular his ability to articulate both aspects of technique and the more vague tenets behind Aikido. I'm sure the new student appreciated it as well.
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