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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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  #8 New 07-21-2003 10:05 PM
...can really make you appreciate your own sensei's teaching style. That's all I'll say about that.

Last Thursday, while Sensei was out of town, we had a couple of guests: both an ikkyu from a local dojo who had once trained with us briefly; and a guest sensei --- a shodan from out of town who had trained with us the last time he was in the city --- who we got to lead the class.

We started with some jo suburi as usual, only we learned a couple of different kinds of tsuki and shomenuchi strikes (since in his home dojo, they hold their jo differently in the starting position --- in some cases with the lower hand palm up) and naturally this made for a rather new and awkward experience. It was like learning to hold a jo all over again.

The guest sensei had us, for the most part, do both suburi and paired practice on only one side (right hand side) so as "not to make things more difficult" for us, but I felt this was a bit of a loss. As a beginner, I happen to like the fact that our Sensei has us practice both sides (both the strong right side and the generally weaker left side) of jo strikes, so that we have more opportunity to improve our weaker side --- even if it is a little more difficult initially. After all, if one ingrains this into their practice early, the less awkward and the less of a bad habit it becomes, right?

We also learned a new kind of ukemi, one you take from being clotheslined --- you fall back on one shoulder and roll up onto the next without letting your tailbone touch the ground. Difficult to do, but it looks hella cool when it's performed correctly. Not that I know from personal experience, however.

The evening pretty much came to an end when (sigh...my husband) Dave's far-too-long-to-be-considered-hygienic toenails stabbed the guest sensei in the foot. Not the best way to treat a dojo guest. Many a lesson was learned that night by all.
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