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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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In General Frozen Dojo Waza (Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #159 New 01-08-2005 03:56 AM
When we got into the dojo Thursday night, it was even colder than the night before. So much so, in fact, that you could see your breath. We were standing in the changeroom with our parkas on and it still felt like we were outside. Blame it on the wind and the really bad insulation we have on the windows. Suffice it to say, Sensei wasn't about to let us train under those conditions, so we took our weapons to the room across the hall and did our jo practice in our street clothes to stay warm.

As we worked on kata, it became readily apparent that:
- working in street clothes, though somewhat constricting in jeans, was rather beneficial to see Sensei's form NOT covered up by a hakama for once
- albeit warmer, the room we were in was quite small (even for 5 people --- being 5 people swinging weapons around, after all) and there would be plenty of wall-hitting in the process of adapting to its size

Most exciting to me was Sensei's introduction of freestyle partnered jo practice (the first installment of which, I had missed from the week before) --- which is essentially a slow, two-person Randori with jo in which you improvise your attacks and blocks (the precursor to wailing away at each other quickly back and forth with the jo). It was wonderful to begin to apply our weapons work in a somewhat realistic fashion after having done only kata and structured paired practice up until now. We came to learn that there are stances and hand positions which are not as advantageous as others, as well as it becoming (rather glaringly) obvious that we need to work more on hand changes --- particularly transitioning from different combinations of offensive and defensive hand positions.

We ended the night with Randori as usual --- tanto evasions, this time. My atemi to uke's middle needs to be from a greater distance to be most effective and (surprise, surprise) I need to tenkan more than irimi as well as stay in uke's shikkaku/blind spot and maintain hold of uke longer than usual to lead him further.
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RSS Feed 3 Responses to "Frozen Dojo Waza (Thursday, Jan. 6, 2005)"
#3 01-09-2005 11:23 PM
Kelly Allen Says:
I missed you in the chat room tonight. It was too busy at work to log on. I'll try and catch you tommorrow.
#2 01-09-2005 01:54 AM
jducusin Says:
Hey Kelly! Thanks for the supportive comments and messages --- sorry I haven't been able to keep up with them lately; it's been a pretty harried past few months for me in many ways, and I'm just now getting resettled back into town. I'll definitely check out the new chat room next chance I get. And a happy new year to you as well! - Jamie
#1 01-08-2005 11:02 PM
Kelly Allen Says:
It's good to see your blogs again. I was missing them. I hope thins were ok for you this last year and I'm wishing you a safe, happy, and prosperous year in 2005. Maybe I'll even see you in the new chat room Jun has added to Aikiweb. Later Kelly

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