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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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  #58 New 11-06-2003 04:20 AM
--- from chaos to order, possibly in more ways than one...

Things have been rather hectic for me lately, what with organizing things at work for the move to the second floor and in addition, having recently been appointed to the Board of Directors of Women's Health Clinic as volunteer rep. So I've had to do a bit of shuffling around of my schedule to accommodate the board meeting on the first Tuesday of the month --- which is when I'd normally be at the dojo for Randori/Jiyu waza night, so I decided to miss ESL volunteer teaching this week (luckily, it's casual volunteering) to come out on a Wednesday night for once. I'm glad I did.

Wednesday nights at the dojo are generally pretty quiet with the class small, and last night was no exception --- just me, Sensei and Sempai Tim. On nights like this, Sensei usually lets us concentrate for some time on just one or two techniques, which I really appreciate. Last night we practiced in rotation as a group of three, starting with Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza). Happily, doing this in Ura is starting to feel less awkward, and I think I'm getting a little more adept at making the hand change into Sankyo prior to the pin. Yay for me. Baby steps, I know, but it's encouraging nonetheless.

After this, we continued to work in rotation, but interchangeably on different techniques: Tim with Ushiro Ryotekubidori Shihonage, Sensei with Morotaetori Ikkyo, and me with Shomenuchi Nikkyo. Aside from the usual fine-tuning of timing on the opening movement, I also need to shuffle in/Sugiashi (sp?) to be able to move in deeper (as always, for better Kuzushi for little, midget me ). I should turn my lead foot outward and use my hips to bring uke a little lower before the first part of the triangular entry/Sankakyu no Irimi (sp?), and keep my arms extended (though not fully/with locked joints) throughout. In addition, I need to maintain control on uke's elbow throughout the transition into the pin, which means keeping his shoulder down; apparently, if he tries to rise up (according to Sensei), I can adapt by pulling his arm into my centre to regain control prior to the pin --- I tried this once on Tim and it seemed to work fine.

I need to find more time to work on developing my own Ki a little better, as well as keeping my own centre more stably --- in the meantime, I'm looking into Chi Kung; a co-worker lent me a book on it, and I'm finding it really interesting. Incidentally, I just met a fellow WHC board member who's part of Fubuki Daiko's student troupe (a local Daiko/Japanese drumming performance group) and I mentioned to her my long-time interest in wanting to learn this art --- she recommended that I sign up for one of their workshops which might start in January, and we had a good discussion about how it would be a more than suitable complement to my Aikido training in terms of developing my centre and extension --- essentially, she told me how she had found that she can drum louder than many of the larger, male members of her group because she has a good centre. Hmm...sounds like a familiar concept...
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