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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 Forward and Fatalistic Thinking Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #130 New 05-18-2004 07:24 PM
[Quote of the Day: "You're getting 'Tensor' and tenser," --- "punningly" remarked Sempai Jeremy upon seeing my Tensor-brand neoprene wrist brace.]

So it finally happened. I never thought it would happen to me, but lo and behold, I have long last reached that point in my training where I can take that deep breath and say, "I earned it."

Yes, folks. I have "Nikkyo-wrist"!

At least that's what the guys in my dojo call it. Now, no need for congratulations. Having been called by Sensei at turns, "Miss Rubber-Joints" and the one that "has no tendons", I'm just as surprised at the next person. But I've already milked this for all it's worth, so I best get to the point :

Aside from some Katadori Kokyunage, we did some Kotegaeshi a couple of times (from both Yokomenuchi in Suwari Waza and Tsuki) which, along with Nikkyo of course, tends to aggravate my weak left wrist. Suffice it to say, I had been for some time rather...apprehensive about breakfalling on that side but a round practicing this technique as Sensei's uke seems to have fixed that for the most part. My ukemi felt a lot lighter and more flowing this time --- something I can only assume to attribute not only to thinking/visualizing myself as moving forward more into the fall but perhaps even that fearless, fatalistic mode that I have known myself to switch on at times on the mats (and of which I have written about only in private entries thus far --- in a nutshell, it's a Samurai mindset: not fearing death --- or in this case, injury. I once read a lot about it both in Musashi's "Book of Five Rings" and the Hagakure). [For some interesting Aiki-related quotes from the former text, see past journal entry: '"A Book of Five Rings" and Aikido' - 09-04-2003]

Speaking of fearless fatalism, we did a few rounds of Jiyu Waza/Randori each at the end of class today (applying the Katadori Kokyunage and Tsuki Kotegaeshi) and everyone seemed to do quite well --- especially of note were a smooth round by Sempai Jeff (of course) and a round with good evasion by Kohai Ken, who's getting better and better these days. Do I sound like I'm beaming? I am. I think we all earned our water tonight!
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