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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 Getting Used to Moving...Differently Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #134 New 06-09-2004 10:13 PM
[Quote of the Day:
"There are a lot of strange ways of moving in Aikido that, after a while, you just get used to." Sensei remarked to Victor.
"Gosh, I sure hope so," said I.]

For the past couple of days, we've had rather small classes, and so have concentrated primarily on test preparation. Currently being on the road to yonkyu has opened the door to some new techniques for me, along with some new approaches to learning that, well --- will all take some getting used to, to say the least. The latter, I'll have to cover in future when I have a little more time, but for now you'll just have to be satisfied with this mundane housekeeping business for now.

Now for that time in the journal entry when I prattle off some dull but helpful notes on the new test techniques I've started learning so far. Just feel free to scroll down past these if and when you get bored.

Katatedori Iriminage (both from Ai Hanmi and Gyaku Hanmi)
From Ai Hanmi:
- maintain connection to uke with grabbed wrist by absorbing inwards slightly and bringing arm around counterclockwise (keep arm straight, don't collapse in at elbow)
- keep uke's head flush against chest, and sweep arm down low enough to touch or almost touch the mat
From Gyaku Hanmi:
- enter in similar to Morotaedori Iriminage, only breaking uke's grip by moving in with arm rising upwards diagonally
- keep uke's head right into chest, but don't have to bring down as low as with Ai Hanmi
For both:
- hold onto uke's collar if easier than grabbing neck
- finish throw off by stepping in (almost perpendicular) under uke's body, and aligned forward towards him (not sideways) with arms out in front slightly (instead of to the side, as I have been used to doing with say, Kokyuho)

Ushiro Ryotekubidori Shihonage (both Omote and Ura)
- remember to make a habit of grabbing hold of uke's hand with hand still in contact before the torque up into Shihonage
For Omote:
- the torque into Shihonage is upwards and to the side slightly; then step across/in front of uke and under his arm

As you might have guessed, my having to write out so many details = a heck of a lot to get used to!

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