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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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  #178 New 05-12-2005 09:30 AM
Despite the injury (and others' advice to stop training for a while), I've continued going to class regularly and other than experiencing some soreness now and then, have no regrets about this decision. Though I'm taking certain techniques and some ukemi easy (that which would normally strain my shoulders), I've been finding the overall experience quite valuable in numerous ways.

To begin with, over the past few weeks, we've had a couple of visiting Yudansha as well as some newbies drop by and as I've written before, training with the latter has always helped to draw attention to fundamentals which one might not normally focus on. This hasn't changed in the least. I've found, however, that my own focus when training with the former has changed over time. It used to be that I would primarily view training with Yudansha as an opportunity to glean a broader perspective of different methods of performing technique; though I still find this valuable, lately, I've been more and more interested in those challenges that present themselves which are associated with that person's body-type --- namely, the opportunity to adapt to much larger ukes (as was the case with one particularly large, male Yudansha who visited in the recent past).

Most of all, I've more recently been finding myself forced (in a rather painful fashion) to really focus on (in those techniques which call for it) keeping my arms with my centreline --- in essence, using my hips for power instead of my arms. While I admit that I undoubtedly am still quite inept at doing this consistently, these days, there is simply little choice *but* to move in a more efficient way without straining my shoulders badly (a no-no, considering that I'm still recovering and have just started physiotherapy). This became quite clear last night as we spent a great deal of time on various Kokyunage.

To sum up, I've been looking upon all these things as a gift to my training and am quite happy to see that for the most part (injury aside) my Randori has certainly not suffered for it.
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