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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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  #39 New 10-02-2003 10:26 PM
Well, not so much of a training week has passed for me --- I caught a cold on Monday just as we were coming back into town and figured that I ought to not only stay away for the sake of preventing everyone else from catching it, but to get better more quickly by getting more rest. After trying to train while sick at June's seminar in Dryden, I'm not making that same mistake twice! So I go back to work and to the dojo for the first time today in almost a week from staying away, and what do you know --- most everyone has already caught whatever's been floating around and have been going to work or Aikido anyway, so my good intentions in that respect turned out to be all for nought. On the plus side, I have been recovering faster, so something good came of it.

But I digress...tonight's practice was not as frustrating for me as it normally would have been, so perhaps I'm gaining a little more patience with myself after all. We mostly did techniques involving leading tonight (originating from katatedori/kosadori), and the big problem (which became a pattern) for me was for the most part during techniques where I am leading uke with my arm over my head --- I tend to end up using shoulder strength (as Sensei pointed out to me many times) instead of my hips/centre. In general, I need to relax my arm more and bend at the elbow (as in kokyuho) or move with my whole body, keeping my elbow bent and in my centre or on my centreline before turning (as in other techniques).

The more I think about it, the more I believe that this bad habit is due to my becoming overly-accustomed to our having done more of the techniques that require a solid extension against uke (as in blocking or "catching" to blend with atemi), and in which one's elbows are fairly rigid/in a static position when entering in order to avoid being hit. Being someone who loves to find the underlying principles/patterns behind things, I feel the need to generalize in this way; so given what I've seen so far, when it comes to blending/leading techniques (such as from katatedori/kosadori, etc.) it's easier to blend when one bends at the elbow; when it comes to blocking, the extension and partial locking of the elbow (in a bent position) are necessary. Or so I am led to believe. Only time and experience will tell if these observations of mine ultimately hold water.
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