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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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  #26 New 09-11-2003 11:15 AM
We had another new student come in for their first class last night. Sempai Jeremy added to my earlier reflections, commenting how having new students in the dojo not only draws attention to certain basic aspects of techniques that he might not have realized before, but how seeing new students just starting out really shows you how far you yourself have come. (Though personally, it doesn't really feel like it most of the time!)

Speaking of which, Sempai Tim commented after class how much I've grown as a student, especially in how good my ukemi has been looking lately. I really need to learn how to take a compliment better. Such situations are one of the few things that leave me feeling awkward more than anything else, and that's not surprising really, considering how awkward doing techniques felt for me last night. Heck, the breakfalls were the only thing that felt good. (gasp!)

Last night's class really showed me how, on one hand, I may be feeling some progress ---feeling so much better about tobu ukemi (it's like the more I practice it, the more comfortable I'm feeling about it) --- but on the other hand, there are times when I feel like I haven't really gotten anywhere. It's like a feeling as though I'm going "two steps forward, one step back".

The first technique we did was Katatetori Shihonage, and you would think that having done it so many times, I would at least remember the opening...but no...even though Sempai Tim demonstrated it for us a couple of times, I still fumbled on the entry when it came time to practice. Come to think of it, I recall that the angle at which Sempai Tim did the technique was different from that which we are normally used to seeing, so perhaps it simply "tricked" my brain --- a good example of how perspective can really influence one's learning, as I intimated in an earlier entry.

In any case, it seems that I will have to re-teach my brain into not relying so much on these "outside" perspectives while actually attempting to do a technique, rather, to keep a memory of my own subjective perspective in my mind...but then of course, this conflicts with that loftier goal of wanting to achieve a higher, more omnipresent perspective (see earlier journal entry) at all times --- aaarrrgh, sensory overload!!!!

Random technique notes and observations:

Shomenuchi Ikkyo...
- slide in, don't step
- both hands should be up below uke's elbow, one open (as though cutting) just below the elbow, and the other blocking right below that one
- alternative: on taller ukes, begin by entering in at a more oblique angle to uke, with one hand on his elbow and the other almost immediately sliding down to grasp his wrist; absorb uke's strike right down to my forehead and then simultaneously, with whole body, bring his arm down
- step in while absorbing the downward motion of uke's strike and use power in the tenkan
- uke should be down on the mat at the end of the pivot

Tsuki Kokyuho (revisited):
- throwing arm should be positioned under uke's elbow with own elbow down and hand facing up prior to throw
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