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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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  #147 New 09-16-2004 03:25 AM
After over two weeks of pushing my physical and mental limits with the big conference for work, I'm happy to come back to the mats with a newfound sense of confidence in myself and what I can do. Suffice it to say, I was able to accomplish what I needed to despite a great deal of sleep deprivation and stress, and am proud to say that I did so with seemingly-abundant energy (!) and a positive attitude that I'm sure can be attributed to Aikido in some way, shape, or form. In true Aiki-fashion, I am now considering getting into Conflict Resolution (and/or possibly International Development) studies in the interim prior to --- or even instead of --- going into grad school (now that I know that I can "think on my feet" and can handle a lot of pressure). To me it's just "practical Philosophy", completely in line with everything else in my life (be it academic, volunteer, career, or martial-arts-wise).

But onto the good stuff...

In between a lot of Randori practice (lots of tanto stuff, thankfully), and test technique practice, things have been going well over the last few days since I've been back --- earnin' my water, that's for sure; just a couple of notes this time around, for Katatedori Iriminage and Kosadori Iriminage (Ai Hanmi)...

Katatedori Iriminage:
- the breakaway is not on a flat plane (like with Morotaedori) but sweeps upwards in a "U"

Kosadori Iriminage (Ai Hanmi):
- the breakaway starts with an upward motion (like the start of a shomunuchi bokken strike) --- needs more flow! --- which blocks at uke's elbow before going for his collar
- having control over uke's head/collar is more important than the leading of the arm

With both:
- need to get out of habit of shuffling back in order to avoid tripping over legs when things get tangled up with uke going down during the throw --- step forward and finish regardless

I'm very much looking forward to a trip to Portland, Oregon at the end of next week, and similar to last December's Toronto trip, training at one of the local Aikikai dojos there if at all possible. That is, if the visitor's/mat fees don't get to me first (they do add up)!
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