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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 Continuing the Conscious Effort... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #70 New 11-28-2003 02:47 AM
Well, tonight's was a typical Thursday class in that it began with Jo practice, but alas didn't continue with the weekly Ki/centering and leading exercises --- at least this time it didn't, which is a shame (since we normally do them just once a week as it is).

Instead, we focused on:
- Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi (both Suwari Waza and Standing)
- a couple of types of Katadori Kokyunage (Hanmihandachi Waza)

The only technical detail I can remember to note (not sure if this is a good thing or a bad thing) is that for Kotegaeshi, the ending movement is to draw uke in towards your centre and then away to the side (by using the hips and extending of course). Other than this, details seem to be a blur altogether, I'm sure partly from both fatigue and partly from specifically not wanting to pay so much attention to technique tonight as really trying to go more by feel.

I worry that some ukes might be getting a little impatient with my starting and stopping all the time in this way, but I think most don't mind...at any rate, I guess I should just slow my pace down altogether and just aim for doing things completely and continuously without stopping at all --- simply adapting to the change in how uke feels as we go along. This might be a much more invaluable practice...then again, this also raises an interesting question: at which point would one consider nage as crossing the border between simply adapting to a change in how uke feels partway, and forcing technique, (particularly if, like me, they are only able/instructed to continue to practice the same technique)? It does seem like walking a rather fine line, especially when one is just starting out learning technique as I am...
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