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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 Observation and the Third Person Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #47 New 10-15-2003 11:09 PM
Last night we started things off with Katadori Nikkyo (Suwari Waza), and continued on with more Nikkyo for the remainder of the night (two different versions of "standing" Katadori Nikkyo, and Kousadori Nikkyo); to round things off, Sensei gave our wrists a bit of a break...er, rest with some Kousadori Yonkyo.

Regrettably, I didn't get a chance to do a couple of the techniques at all (namely, the second version of Katadori Nikkyo and Kousadori Yonkyo) due to being in a group of three for most of the night and there not being enough time for everyone to cycle through.

This process naturally takes a little longer with the new students, as they're seeing and trying to do these techniques for the very first time. But I don't mind so much (even though I'm always itching to try something for myself) --- this of course has its advantages as well. As the third person, not only do I get to watch Sensei demonstrate the more fundamental aspects of a technique to the new students, but I also get to observe at least one other pair's practice at the same time. As I've found in the past, having the time to focus on observing in this different perspective definitely has its benefits. I'm guessing that the more perspectives in which I can observe the same technique over time (even aside from doing it firsthand --- the first-person/subjective perspective), the more I might be better able to react from an attack regardless of where it originates or what little I might see of it. (Though I'm also assuming that simple observation such as this is obviously not as valuable in this context as being sensitive to feeling uke's energy --- something that can only be acheived through firsthand experience. )

So am I stretching it, or what? Okay, so maybe I'm just slightly disappointed about not getting to try every technique last night (heh --- I'm such a keener)...but then again, the way I see it, my patience in these matters is simply an investment towards helping some newer students learn and grow. Anyway, I always like to look on the bright side of life. Great. Now I have that song from Monty Python's "Life of Brian" in my head!

Misc. Nikkyo Notes to Self...
Katadori Nikkyo 1:
- Step to the side and atemi are simultaneous
- Remember to swing lead leg back to give more space between me and uke prior to performing Nikkyo
Nikkyo Osae (Pin):
- Keep control of arm from the mat position by keeping one hand holding uke near elbow, bending his elbow and quickly bringing arm up and around while bringing own body around; uke's arm should rest in crook of own elbow while pinning

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