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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General The Way of the Beat-up Ragdoll Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #156 New 01-05-2005 02:13 AM
I figure the other guys must be recouperating, because it was just me, Jim and Sensei out tonight. The ol' bod feels fine, just a little stiff --- especially behind the legs, though nothing serious. It wasn't until we did our ukemi warm-up and I started rolling again that I discovered a point on my shoulder that is fairly bruised from bumping it on the mats. Obviously, I need to work on staying more round with my rolls. Thanks to fatigue, it made things all the more challenging...Sensei did say yesterday that after a while, problem areas would become more readily apparent. Ouch. No kiddin'.

We started out with some Suwari Waza: Shomenuchi Nikkyo, to be exact. Funny how the body remembers these things. It asks no questions. Okay, so sometimes it asks questions. And makes really loud statements (usually of protest). But oftentimes, like this one, it obeys what it knows. No big corrections on this one other than to remember that with the ura version, bringing uke's arm to my chest with my own is as important as leaning forward towards him.

The rest of the class, we focused on a couple of versions of Morotaedori Iriminage --- the usual one we do with the sweeping, overhand entry and another, "newer" version (well, new to me) that relies upon first leading and then a whip-like motion that starts from the hip, after which you throw with the shoulder instead of bringing your hand over uke to finish. Areas that could use some fine-tuning include:
- dipping down during the turn in order to lower/stretch uke out
- staying in uke's shikkaku/blind spot and remembering to deflect larger ukes down to the side (instead of stepping under them/across them as one would with smaller ukes) --- turning my lead foot out should give better leverage for this
- keeping my arm straight and not bent (indicative of the difference between using your hips and using your arm to power it) throughout the overhand sweeping motion
- cutting/leading uke downwards more with my outstretched/lead arm rather than the one at his neck should make it easier
- and specifically with the second version of the technique --- grabbing uke around the neck instead of merely his collar should likewise provide more leverage.

The three of us worked at a fairly quick pace, so we got lots of reps in tonight. I swear, taking ukemi for Sensei's Iriminage is better than a carnival ride. Gotta love being just 100lbs. He'll grab hold of my neck, and the rest of my body just gets flung around like a ragdoll with the momentum.

As always, we ended things off with some Randori --- freestyle/random, just the way I like it. The highlight came when Jim dragged me across the mats about five feet (to keep me between him and Sensei, who was the other uke). See, those are the things you miss. It's great to be back.
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