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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 Figuring Things Out :) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #53 New 10-24-2003 11:16 PM
We had just a small group of us tonight (me, Dave, Sempai Jim & Sensei) but as always made the most of it. It's always nice to get the opportunity to focus on just a couple of wazas for an entire class, and tonight just so happened to be one of those nights. We began with some Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza) and finished up with Katatedori Kaitenage.

Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza) is starting to feel a lot less...daunting...than it used to be, though it still has its awkward moments when my timing is off. I still need to remember:
- there are just three "stepping" movements
--- the initial "step" in (deeply, in my case) for Omote, at the same time as the upward block, a second "step" with the rear leg after the Sankyo hand-change forward and into the mat, and a third which arranges uke into the Osae
- with Ura, after the initial "tenkan"/pivot and hand-change, bring uke's arm outside/around me (not between us) and down to the mat
- with the Osae, wrap fingers around uke's hand instead of clamping down flat

I've been finding it relatively easier (read: less strenuous, not less difficult/challenging --- hehehe ) to do the Ura versions of wazas --- I'm guessing because I'm entering indirectly and thus going with the flow of Uke's energy instead of entering directly (as in Omote) and almost blocking it directly. In any case, doing Ura just feels like a smoother set of movements for me, possibly because I'm not taking the full force of the atemi head-on.

Katatedori Kaitenage felt a little more awkward to me, at least in the later, pre-throw portion of it. Essentially, I was having trouble taking Uke's centre when I was to "draw back" my arm downwards while simultaneously drawing back my lead leg. A couple of the problems Sensei pointed out, which were that I was drawing back not at a 45 degree angle from Uke, but straight back/parallel to him (in which his arm is still close to his centre); and that at the same time, I wasn't drawing my own, "grabbed" arm back in towards my own centre for stability. After some more practice with trying to make these adjustments, I also found that I was drawing my grabbed hand back down in a straight motion instead of in a rounded, leading motion (first forward, then back) --- this extra type of movement proved necessary when trying to throw Sempai Jim, who is not only taller, but much larger than me, and thus whose centre is not moved easily.

Heck, I'd say the most fun is in trying to figure things out for yourself! Great way to end the week. Speaking of the week, I've been doing four out of five classes a week these days (I volunteer to teach ESL to refugees on Wednesdays) but I'm really wanting to get some students together to bring back Saturday classes (or Sunday, whatever works best for everyone)...hope it flies!
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