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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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  #33 New 09-20-2003 01:29 AM
Friday night, we did a lot of throws from Ushiro Ryotekubitori; according to Sensei, so that we can get practice feeling uke's centre even when he is not directly within our sight (see last entry on a similar note). While we did these, I found that a great deal of what one might consider "good timing" in technique seems to very much depend upon knowing how to feel uke's centre being taken in relation to how you keep your own centre rooted. It seems that if your timing is off by just a little bit --- either too soon or too late --- especially with your leading movements, either uke's balance will not be taken at all, or your own balance will be in jeopardy.

Perhaps it's for this reason that I'm enjoying "leading" techniques such as these more and more these days; having to make a split-second adjustment to adapt to the subtleties of uke's movements can really feel satisfying during those rare moments when I feel like I've actually gotten the hang of our flow, so to speak. Though these moments are indeed few and far between for me right now, when they do happen, it can only be described as a very rewarding experience! An experience I hope to repeat.

Random notes...
Ryokatadori Kokyuho (Suwari Waza):
- While dropping centre, cut inside one of uke's elbows down in a round (almost spiralling/corkscrew-ish) fashion; this can also be done so that his elbow becomes folded right into his centre (if uke happens to be loosely grabbing already, otherwise snap upwards under his elbows to hyperextend them prior to initial cut down)
- I noticed that Sensei will already move slightly to the side while doing this (above), but will perform the complete pivot while:
- With other hand under uke's other (now upper) elbow, twist over while completing pivot to uke's side (the movement seems to give added leverage); try to avoid getting thumb trapped (ouch!) during this by pushing elbow with whole hand around it (instead of with one thumb under the elbow and the other fingers wrapped around)
- Move in close to uke and pin so that his upper elbow is hyperextended; yokomenuchi with free hand
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