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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 Kaitennage (Friday, Jan. 7, 2005) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #160 New 01-08-2005 04:16 AM
Upon our return to the dojo (significantly warmer than the night before thanks to Sensei showing up early to fix the insulation on the window), we worked on a couple of variations of Kaitennage, particularly: Ushiro Ryokatadori Kaitennage (Hanmi Handachi Waza) and Shomenuchi Kaitennage.

For the former, I found that extending forward from the very beginning to be quite helpful in maintaining balance and steadiness while being grabbed. Since there were only four of us on the mats that night, it was one of those fortunate times when Sensei joins in with you consistently on your reps and so I was able to glean a great deal of good advice from him on the latter, Shomenuchi Kaitennage --- particularly: when grabbing uke at the elbow during the initial tenkan (while keeping own elbow down), lean both forward and down throughout to better take his centre. This reminded me so much of the same thing I had to do to make my ura's in suwari waza more effective when we were practicing for the last test! Funny, that.

The other thing that helped considerably was not to make it a full tenkan (with your feet in hanmi), but to squat down (in almost a horse stance) at the end of your dipping uke downwards --- and then do a tenkan into the throw...which in turn reminded me a great deal of Kotegaeshi! Funny, that.
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