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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Oh the Violence of it All :-D Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #65 New 11-20-2003 01:37 AM
Tuesday night, I'm happy to say that I decided to add rootedness/centredness along with my old friend breathing while performing technique, and aside from during Randori (whoa, *that'll* take some practice) I think I met with some success. At least insofar as that the slightest bit of success to me is (for the time being, ahem --- beginner here ) measured by my ability to stay focused on these tenets. And during Randori, the only thing I'm really able to focus on right now is what's coming at me and when --- under pressure, I have yet to be able to do this while simultaneously paying much attention to how my own body is feeling. Tsk, tsk, tsk. I'm hoping the latter will come with time and practice, for if I'm going to do something, I'd like to be able to do it effectively and in high-stress situations above all. Um, "duh!" --- as they say. Yes, I know...I'm not often very colloquial around here, am I?

Poor Sensei. So I'm being uke for him so that he can get some reps in while we're practicing Shomenuchi Iriminage, and there I go and actually hit him. The first time, I got him on the collarbone and chest. No biggie. The second time, I actually managed to hit him with my Shomen strike right smack dab in the middle of the forehead. Hard. Boy, did I ever feel bad. And so did my hand, but for just a little bit. The man has a hard head.

Despite him correcting me for "tracking" him with my strike (who knew?), I think he was actually somewhat pleased. "At least we know that she's extending," he said. On the plus side, at the very least we know that I must be striking correctly, accurately and with some realistic power because not only did I feel pain from striking with the correct, knife-edge of my hand, but for about 10-15 minutes afterwards, Sensei sported a bright red, vertical stripe of a mark down the centre of his forehead...

I suppose I have to leave my mark somehow.
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