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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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In General Ryotedori: More "New" Techniques Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #114 New 03-26-2004 04:34 PM
The mats were pretty packed last night, especially during Jo practice. We worked on a couple of interesting exchanges in pairs, one which had some rather counter-intuitive footwork. I got so hung up on paying attention to footwork, that I inadvertently hit Sempai Tim on the hand --- luckily it wasn't very hard --- but I felt so bad...I sure as heck am going to make sure that never happens again. I'm usually so aware of these things, you can imagine my frustration at making such a stupid mistake! I simply hate the thought of actually hurting anyone like that. It threw me for a loop, and took me a couple of minutes to get my focus back after that. Poor Sempai Tim, it just wasn't his night --- I ended up not being the only one causing him accidents --- after that, he got hit on the hand (hard) by Sensei, got smacked in the face, had his hair pulled...

We later split into two groups, with Dave and the newbies practicing Kousadori Ikkyo, Omote and Ura, and the rest of us folks doing Ryotedori Kaitenage and Ryotedori Nikkyo; then everyone ending things with a Katatedori Kokyunage.

I was having some interesting difficulties with hand-changes and body positioning during both Ryotedori techniques. For Kaitenage, it was mistakenly turning on the outside instead of the inside, as well as hand positioning during the cut downwards --- it wasn't until later that I found out that after starting with your hand on the inside of uke's wrist to raise his arm up, you then turn the same hand around on the outside to grasp uke's wrist for the final part of the throw.

With Nikkyo, I need to remember to step back at the end, and that I don't need to worry about grasping uke's thumb with the rest of the hand (as you normally would have to with the Nikkyos we've done before) --- grabbing his other four fingers together suffices quite nicely. At least for me, having such small hands. I don't know how it is for uke, though. Looks kinda painful for him, if you ask me.
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