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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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  #72 New 12-01-2003 01:40 AM
Sensei was kind enough to take time out of his busy schedule to run an extra weekend practice today (Sunday) and we had (I believe) a rather pleasant practice this afternoon with just me, Ken, Sempai Tim and Sensei.

We worked on Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza) and then Ken and I did mostly Ryotedori Tenchinage. No complaints here --- on the whole, things felt pretty smooth today (with one small yet noteable exception ukemi-wise ) and I've found myself "feeling" the techniques out more and more now that I'm feeling a little more secure about the physical details of what I'm supposed to be doing. That is --- though I've always known that if things feel too awkward, tension-laden or labourous, I'm not blending enough --- I'm finding it easier now to consciously focus on remedying this (at least with the waza we went through today).

Oh, the one "noteable exception"? During the ukemi drill I slipped up on a roll when we were doing Mae ukemi because my timing was off and I ended up rolling incorrectly. I definitely need to focus better. Kind of like on Friday night --- my ukemi felt so much more in focus then...so much so that when my towel fell out of my dogi in the middle of the drill, I was able to pick it up mid-roll. That was actually kind of amusing, since I didn't think I could do that.

My Kohai, Ken, has been coming out to practice a lot but seemed a little frustrated, so I did my best to encourage him and commend him for his dedication thus far. I told him pretty much what Sempai Jeff used to tell me, which is that it's really practice --- "getting your reps in" as he would say, that does it. That the more you practice, the easier things will get --- it just takes time and persistence. Hopefully he will take it to heart, not get too discouraged, and keep on coming out to practice as frequently (if not more so) as he has been lately.
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