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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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In General Random Notes from 02.14 and 02.16.05 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #166 New 02-18-2005 01:36 AM
I find myself playing catch-up on these journal entries again, having just started getting over both my jet-lag from the Philippines trip and a cold I caught from my roommate...so here goes.

Monday Night:
Kokyuho - after we practiced this technique at the end of class and I had noticed an interesting explanation that Sensei had offered Garry (to imagine he is pushing his thumbs back over his shoulders), I asked Sensei about the advice given to me by a Yudansha at the Manila seminar --- under what particular circumstances would you use either of these for Kokyuho? I had already noticed from his demonstration that the "pinkies under the elbows" method would obviously not work for the version of Kokyuho in which uke presses nage's wrists right down onto his lap. Essentially, Sensei told us that the "pushing the thumbs back" method was what Kawahara Sensei had taught (and it has its origins in Daito Ryu), for the reason that it seems to be the method that consistently works regardless of how uke's hands have grabbed your wrists. It's good to know; Sensei also encouraged us to experiment with all of the different methods that folks suggest in order to find the way that personally works best for us.

Wednesday Night: A Taste of Teaching...
In a rather unique move, Sensei put us each on the spot by asking us to explain and/or demonstrate different aspects of the basics of Aikido, that is, the how-to's and why's of: bowing, ukemi, atemi, and Katatedori Shihonage. Essentially, he wanted to know where we were at and to get a sense of whether we remembered all the details and reasons behind what we do; since, as we were what he considered the six core members of the dojo, we might be called upon to teach in the future. It was a good experience to be forced to articulate our knowledge and understanding as well as to elaborate on or add any of our own thoughts to those that our classmates may have overlooked. It's always a challenge to call upon the knowledge that one sense (like touch/feeling) possesses and try to relate it to someone else using alternate means (as in, for example, teaching someone with a sensory-impairment or simply trying to express verbally something that your body remembers how to do) --- and I always love a good challenge.

Notes: Yokomenuchi Shihonage - Sensei recommended that I step wider to the side when receiving uke's strike, which made things considerably easier (by staying further from uke's centre) to control and less cramped.
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