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09-06-2003 06:31 PM
Friday night was my first "regular" class in about a week, due to being out of town...Sensei had promised the night before that Friday would more than make up for the gentleness of Thursday's class, and not surprisingly, Dave ended up staying home out of sleep deprivation. Whereas Dave would normally be the one to have difficulty during ukemi, it seemed to be my turn last night --- after the first ten Mai ukemi, I was already dizzy --- so much so, I had to steady myself with one hand on the mat before continuing. I suppose it can only be expected considering I hadn't done any ukemi in a week or so.
We began the night's techniques by working on Shomenuchi Yonkyo (Suwari Waza) --- Yonkyo being something that I am still working on, or rather straggling by at, trying to get some form of consistent success out of it.
A couple of things I need to keep in mind --- thanks as usual to Sensei's eagle eye (teehee...I just told him about this journal, so I guess I'd better shine the proverbial apple lest he decide to read this one day ) --- and which seemed to make things work well for me last night were:
- keeping the fingers of my Yonkyo-applying hand wrapped around uke's wrist like a bokken while performing the technique
- while doing the pin, my shin should be inside uke's elbow, and uke's hand should be in front of me while I keep my Yonkyo-applying arm straight and extended, and I drop my weight on it to apply Yonkyo
The latter part of the class was devoted to techniques stemming from Shomenuchi and Yokomenuchi Bokken attacks.
Kotegaishi was memorable, as Sempai Tim encouraged me to try breakfalling from it, and I'm glad he did --- after being told by other Sempais how difficult it generally is to breakfall out of Kotegaishi, I was happy to have some practice at it.
Shihonage from Bokken Yokomenuchi stands out in my mind as having been rather awkward at times, particularly when trying to perform it on a much taller uke (like Sempai Jeremy). This seemed to be remedied somewhat by torquing the handle of the bokken (also serves the very helpful purpose of turning the blade away from me ) while going under and around; I'm guessing that this worked well because it turned uke's arms in a position that locked them behind his shoulder more readily --- before I started doing this, I ran into the problem of finding myself with uke's arms and bokken too far out from his body and consequently behind and above me in a place that was not easily within my control, hence the awkwardness.
During Shihonage, Sensei drew my attention to the fact that I was performing the technique rather quickly and that it would not be wise to do so at this stage of my training until I got the technique down pat. I gave this further thought and realized that the reasons why I would do the technique so fast were:
- because I think that I sometimes get too carried away in the moment and put myself into a kind of survivalistic "combat mode"; gotta love that adrenalin
- to compensate for having to enter into the attack very quickly --- this, coupled with how we are always told to keep performing our techniques at a consistent speed instead of stopping after each movement...naturally, this did not compute, and not only do I have to upgrade my brain's CPU, but I should slow down. In more ways than one.
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