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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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  #175 New 03-21-2005 11:08 PM
Quote of the Day:
(A bit of context first --- Ken was telling me about this guy who invented what I've taken to calling "Cat Fu", this form of Kung Fu with scratching strikes in it after seeing his cat fight in his backyard.)
Heard while sparring...
Ken: "Hiss!"
Me: "Hiss!"

We culminated the Tae Sabaki portion of class tonight with the closest thing to sparring we've done yet. After the usual, more structured exercises in countering atemi, we were told to put these together and randomly exchange blows slowly and either evade, block and counter these. Apparently, we'll be doing this more often and thank goodness --- because it's a heck of a lot of fun. I'm really loving the practice not only with blending with strikes, but also getting the opportunity reacting to spontaneous attacks. Both the challenge and the key to it is to be able to do this proficiently in a relaxed manner without tensing up. This, of course, only comes with practice. I think that gradually, if we keep this up, I'll be getting to improve in the areas of timing and improvising in response to whatever happens to be thrown at me.

Well, at least one can only hope. :-P
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