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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 Minor Disappointment and More Silly Details Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #60 New 11-08-2003 01:28 AM
Now let's see...tonight (Friday):

[Side Note: I really hate having to do separate journal entries back-to-back like this --- I mean, it does feel like a bit of a cop-out --- but then again, I don't want to let each of these entries get *too* terribly long, especially if they're regarding two separate training nights. But I suppose this can't be helped --- I'm so busy these days. Please bear with me. At any rate, I do hope that my ramblings aren't too much of a "waste of bandwidth"! ]

*Ahem* --- we had a small class today: just me, Tim, and Sensei. I think Sensei might have been a little disappointed that more students didn't come out tonight, especially since we had someone (read: potential new student) come in to watch the class. At any rate, I know I was somewhat disappointed. You know the saying, "there's strength in numbers"...I personally would have liked to see most of my classmates there to "show our strength" as a club, in other words, how well we work together and get along so well as a group. I really would have liked the guy to have seen more of this warm, cooperative, and supportive environment among the larger representation we have of students from diverse backgrounds and ages...but oh well --- it can't be helped.

Anyhoo. We started things off with Shomenuchi Yonkyo (Suwari Waza). I think I'm starting to get a hang of the timing of the initial entry, but I still need to keep my arms extended, especially while applying Yonkyo into the pin. That is, bend uke's arm (instead of my own) so that his elbow is down and lower than his wrist while I'm doing it. In essence, I should be paying more attention to whether or not I've maintained control of uke's elbow throughout as opposed to paying so much attention to the Yonkyo itself. I guess this latter aspect has been rather tough for me because I've always felt that I haven't been doing Yonkyo very well at all; I'm guessing it's due to having smaller hands and thus not always being able to grip uke's wrist well. In any case, keeping this in mind should help me distract myself away from my lousy Yonkyo and onto the more important issue of control.

For most of the latter part of the class, we worked (similar to Wednesday's class) in rotation, practicing different techniques. This time, however, it was Sensei alternating between Morotaedori Kotegaeshi (or was it something else?), Iriminage, and even (ouch) Yonkyo; Tim practiced Shomenuchi Koshinage (aka "The Drop of Doom", at least for short little me as uke) and then had to switch to Ushiro Ryotekubidori Shihonage again, due to experiencing some shoulder/arm/back/leg pain (!).

My assigned technique to practice was Ryotedori Tenchinage. Things I need to remember include:
- sliding in off the line of uke's attack
- sliding in deep and with my hand low, and with my lead (low) hand as far as the "third point of the triangle" formed by uke's feet in order to take him off balance somewhat
- turning my high hand so that my palm is away from me (in order to turn uke's body askew) before bringing it up and over uke while using the force of my hips

We finished things off with a kind of Kokyunage from Ryokatadori. I need to use the initial atemi to put uke off before he is able to grab my lead shoulder --- timing, timing, timing!

Now, I'm off to bed --- I think I've earned my sleep tonight. I'll be practicing my extension and keeping my centre while painting this weekend, so I'd better rest up!
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