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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
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  #89 New 01-07-2004 12:10 PM
Last night, we started by working on Shomenuchi Nikkyo (Suwari Waza), and I made a conscious effort to drop my centre while leaning towards uke's centre during Nikkyo; though I still need to remember to do the "snakebite" thing with my hands (for lack of a better explanation --- heck, *I* know what I mean, so good enough! )

My Sempais worked on Tsuki Kaitenage for most of the night (I think my ukemi is getting better for this, though as one Sempai advised, I still need to shift my weight forward into the roll out instead of stepping forward with my rear leg --- doing the latter seems to throw things off for him). In the meantime, I worked on Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi. Apparently, it is "test ready" --- well, according to Sensei it is, although I still need to fine tune it some more. Namely:
- remembering that the atemi isn't really necessary unless uke stops
- Kotegaeshi itself, the "waterfall" motion in an arc; dropping my centre in a movement that turns away from uke while keeping my arms straight and not using my wrists so much
- making sure that uke's shoulder is down on the mat and his elbow is controlled prior to the pin
...in other words, it may look "test ready", but in reality, it needs a heck of a lot more work!

We finished things off with one of the Shomenuchi Kokyunages, and Sensei told me and my Sempais that we should be ready to test at the next seminar (either February in Saskatoon, or in May) and that we should gear our training from now on with this mindset. In other words, by concentrating on techniques we don't feel that secure with.

So my next thing for me will be to go over the test requirements and run through the techniques in my mind (as well as searching through this journal --- handy, isn't it?) to determine what still needs more work. I'm sure there'll be quite a lot. But that'll be for another entry...
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