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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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  #69 New 11-25-2003 11:35 PM
Well, there's no rest for the wicked. Here I go playing catch-up again --- I'm a day behind on my journal entry (as always), but this time I'll try to combine both yesterday's (Monday's) and today's in one. Busybusybusy!

I'm giving myself a pat on the back over my ukemi on Monday night --- after the Mai ukemi drill, I was able to stand stably without losing my balance from dizziness (quite common when we run through it quickly). Perhaps the extra ukemi practice on Saturday paid off after all.

I'll afford myself just this one meagre glory, since the rest of the evening wasn't all that great for me. I was paired up with Dave doing Shomenuchi Ikkyo and for some reason unbeknownst to me, having Dave as uke is more awkward than being partnered with anyone else. Things all of a sudden feel laboured, and his strike seems to come down on me like a ton of bricks --- so hard that I'm unable to deflect it with the ease and expediency that the technique requires. As a result, Sensei ended up asking Dave to be more light with his ukemi at this stage in our learning. I'm not too sure if it really made much of a difference, but what the hey. I'll keep plugging along as always.

As for tonight, it was a good turnout (5 of us on the mats) though apparently there were a couple of folks who were supposed to sit in and watch the class but never showed. We worked on Morotaedori Ikkyonage, Aiki Otoshi, and one other (possibly Kokyunage? I know, that's what I always say) and then applied them in Randori/Jiyu Waza.

You find out right away that these particular techniques just don't work well without extension (in this case, of one's arm) and especially the use of your hips/centre...to my surprise and delight, I actually (for once) experienced a couple of throws in which I could really feel my hips engaged and as a result felt very smooth and almost effortless. Naturally, this happens when you're really not paying much attention to what you're doing so much as to how things feel, and so of course any conscious effort on my part to duplicate them failed miserably. But what the hey. I'll keep plugging along as always.
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#4 11-29-2003 12:34 AM
jducusin Says:
I'm glad to hear it too. I hope I'm not being too premature. Sensei simply brought it up as a topic of discussion among the students who were in class one night recently and among those there was a consensus --- no one minds having to bump our schedule back to 6:30PM practice on Mondays and Wednesdays (I believe those were the days?) to accommodate your school's; it's possible he's still discussing the issue with the one senior student who wasn't there that night...not sure if it's a done deal yet.
#3 11-28-2003 07:33 AM
Kelly Allen Says:
I'm glad to hear that. I think it will be monetarily benificial to both clubs to share one space. I hope to train again with you and Haye Sensei as well in the future. I like Aikikai's differences. They seen to compliment the Shin Shin Toitsu's. Opens up more martial possibilities and options.
#2 11-28-2003 12:31 AM
jducusin Says:
Thanks Kelly --- I just wish they were consistent "in-roads" instead of ones that seem to disappear on me all the time! BTW, looks like we're going to be dojo-roommates.
#1 11-26-2003 12:40 AM
Kelly Allen Says:
Jamie wrote; I actually (for once) experienced a couple of throws in which I could really feel my hips engaged and as a result felt very smooth and almost effortless. Naturally, this happens when you're really not paying much attention to what you're doing so much as to how things feel, and so of course any conscious effort on my part to duplicate them failed miserably. But what the hey. I'll keep plugging along as always. I too find that if I start thinking too much about the technique I start fumbling through it. Of course that is about 80% of the time. Sounds to me like your making some real in roads.
 




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