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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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  #184 New 07-04-2005 12:01 PM
...is exactly how I would describe my training these days.

Hmm --- I keep forgetting to mention that Sensei ran me through my Sankyu test when he got back from his little sabbatical...well, seeing as I was trying to wing most of it (hehe) --- particularly Ushiro Ryokatadori Ikkyo, it was high on the practice priority list. Trying to emulate the correct body positioning in relation to uke after the tenkan was quite frustrating, but I ended up getting the hang of it after dedicating a couple of nights specifically to this one technique (of which I also have to do Nikkyo, Sankyo, and Yonkyo for the test). Thank goodness it's not so much of a bane anymore! I thought I'd never learn it.

What is definitely a pain in the butt (instead of the nerve - Ha. Ha. ) is my blasted one-sided Yonkyo. It's strange because when I do it (dropping my weight down) on my left hand, it's pretty sharp --- but when I try it with my right (my dominant hand/arm) it's weak. My practice partners thus far have ascertained that for some reason, I hold their wrist slightly differently when attempting the latter pin. Sensei also believes that I bend my right wrist instead of keeping it straight. Go figure. The amusing thing is that Sensei complains about his apparently one-sided Kotegaeshi...no, Sensei, it's painful no matter which way you do it. :-P

The kids are still practicing with us earlier in the night, and I've been helping out with them for the most part. Practice/learning-wise, they seem to be doing all right with the exception of disciplinary flare-ups here and there (ie. running around on the mats before/after class and being excessively loud in the changeroom during the adult class); their ukemi is also progressing pretty slowly, which rather limits the number of techniques they are able to practice safely.

An unprecedented occurrance lately has been the recent addition of two other females --- newbies --- making it the first time in NWA's 12-year history that more than two women have ever trained on the mats here at the same time. It's a nice change (as always), but I'm not holding my breath. In the short time (almost three years or so) I've been with the dojo now, at least three other women likewise have come and gone. We'll see how these two fare.
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