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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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  #37 New 09-24-2003 12:03 AM
...or rather, my lack thereof.

As you might have guessed, the perfectionist in me is struggling with...well...imperfection. I try not to let it irk me, especially on the mats, but still can't help pushing myself. I suppose that this kind of internal motivation is fine until it becomes self-destructive, and I certainly don't let it go that far. Regardless, I should cut myself some slack. I've only been doing this for about a year in total, after all --- what should I expect? Evidently more, judging from the standards I set for myself. :P

Slowing my techniques down has been helping considerably. It's as though I've alleviated myself somewhat of the pressure (ironically, also of my own doing) to do things fast and hard like some of my Sempais (it's so easy to get caught up in, especially when you're partnered with them)...instead, I can concentrate on what I'm doing in a step-by-step yet continuous manner while easily making any necessary adjustments on the fly. It's like I'm shifting myself back into "Beginner Gear" all over again. Whatever it is, I'm finding it way more rewarding than ever before.

Introspection helps a lot too.

Tonight we did (random notes):

Shomenuchi Nikkyo (Suwari Waza)
- having trouble (as always, since I have such small hands) rolling uke's hand over into mine for Nikkyo...it seems to help when I keep the palm of my hand in contact with the back of uke's throughout the whole rolling motion, and if I keep uke's hand raised up slightly in comparison to his shoulder (also seems to give better control)

Shomenuchi Iriminage
- step in to enter (don't slide) and block just below uke's elbow, standing off of his line of attack
- downward cutting motion should be simultaneous with lead leg coming around and dropping centre
- get in close, hip to hip
- step in during final part of throw
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