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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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  #140 New 06-29-2004 10:02 PM
Not much to note from Monday night's Tae Sabaki other than an interesting experience while working with Sempai Jim. We were doing the defense from tsuki where you stop uke's punch by driving into the crook of his elbow, then follow up with a strike to the collarbone or chest. I always have had a greater difficulty with doing this one on bigger, taller ukes due to it being such a direct entry, so just as with many other techniques, I have to enter in quite quickly to compensate.

Well, Jim, who is pretty much one of the heaviest of the tall students in the class, suggested to me that I might try moving in a little faster in order to take his centre better. So I thought, "okay!" and proceeded to crouch down a little more at the knees so as to spring forward ( la performing a tsuki with a bokken). I guess the timing must have been ideal and I must have sprung forward fast enough, because as Jim was beginning to come at me with his tsuki, I essentially plowed right into his elbow and knocked him completely down --- it happened so quickly, and without even having to do the follow-up strike. "Wow", is all I can say. The most surprising (and to me, impressive) thing about this, however, was that although it felt like I was impacting him strongly, it did not feel awkward or painful at all. It was as though I just popped into the space he had initially occupied. Ha. Of course, this only happened once, but...wow.
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