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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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  #29 New 09-16-2003 12:53 AM
I am at the point where more and more, I am valuing any opportunities I can get to train with different people. We had another visitor from out of town train with us tonight, and although I had been looking forward to being able to "feel" the Aikido of someone different and new to me, I had very little chance to do so, as Sensei had for the most part split up the class' lessons between those students who are ranked and those who are not (such as myself). Hopefully, there will be more chances in the coming week while he's in town --- as I feel that I am gaining much more insight into my own Aikido the more I am exposed to another's.

In any case, everyone's body is built and moves differently, thus giving one the task of having to adapt accordingly; at the very least, having new and different ukes gives me good practice in responsiveness. Which reminds me: a new student was uke for me while we were doing Katatetori Shihonage, and (like with the other new student last week) I was finding that after I pivoted, uke's arm would never be in a tightly locked position; instead, it would be outwards behind their neck in that scary break-arm position (somewhat due to the new uke's impulse to twist out of the arm lock). I finally realized that so long as I kept my arm and elbow level under uke's throughout the entire turn/pivot, uke's wrist would ultimately end up in the locked position, flush with his/her shoulder --- thereby solving the problem.

Great. So long as I consistently remember to take things slow --- wouldn't want to build up any bad habits while doing things fast all the time. This in itself is a bad habit of mine. I'm even getting teased by my Sensei about it; he's calling me "the Bruce Lee of Aikido".
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