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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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  #150 New 10-19-2004 12:30 AM
...as always.

Spent the last couple of classes brushing up on the two techniques I wasn't secure about during the last test run-through: Shomenuchi Gokkyo in Suwari Waza (Friday night) and and Shomenuchi Koshinage (tonight).

It seems that there are a couple of ways of doing Gokkyo --- the way Sempai Jeff and Jeremy were showing me, which is shorter and a lot more severe on the elbow joint, and the way Sensei mentioned tonight as the one he prefers us to work on at this stage, which is more like Ikkyo. On Friday, however, I spent a great deal of time learning the former version from Jeff (ouch!), which was quite awkward to me, since it really does rely heavily on the hips in Suwari Waza (which I need to work on a great deal) and on maintaining a fair amount of mid-air/dubiously-supported tension against uke's elbow...man, there's gotta be an easier way. But you never know...I still have yet to try the Ikkyo-ish version.

Shomenuchi Koshinage is starting to feel better (after a few false starts, hits and misses) --- ultimately, I found that in order to keep my arm straight without any "conflict" with uke's strength, I had to squat considerably lower. Sheesh. After all that --- that's all it was. Just typical. :-)
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