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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 It's like Table Tennis, only your body's the ball. Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #112 New 03-19-2004 12:21 PM
Yesterday after Jo practice (mostly on the paired kata), we worked on some Kaeshi Waza/reversals, which I always thoroughly enjoy. I guess I love the feel of the redirection of energy...at least I think that's what it is. Which explains why I actually like doing ukemi --- okay, so my mind's totally sold on the idea (but I'm still trying to convince my body).

Alright, so let me correct that --- I like the feel of redirected energy in moderation. Or so I found out very quickly last night.

The reversals were mainly from Yokomenuchi Shihonage (Omote) and eventually became Shihonage (oh, the irony of it) and Kotegaeshi for uke. I was shown the true meaning of Kaeshi by Sensei, who provided quite a bit of amusement for everyone else by whipping me around and around in circles on the mat several times as I desperately tried in vain to circularly redirect his shihonage into a shihonage of my own. After the dizzying ride was finally over, I could only laugh and say, "Point taken!" Needless to say, the lesson was learned, and I now know to get in really close (pretty much hip-to-hip) to uke while coming around into shihonage with his arm to prevent my own centre being taken (for a ride around the room).
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