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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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In General Throwing My Weight Around (and then some) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #12 New 08-06-2003 11:30 PM
Spent the night practicing Katatedori Koshinage with Sempai Jim, as in the past I have had very little opportunity to do so. Koshinage is also something that has been a bit of a bane to me, being a slight 105 lbs and generally unaccustomed to having to carry the weight of someone my own size, what's more someone considerably larger than I am --- like Jim, who is apparently the heaviest person in the dojo. What little I had practiced of it in the past would typically end in disaster: mostly with uke's weight throwing me completely off balance and us both toppling in a big, ungainly heap.

After tonight's Koshinage Fest, however, things are looking up. I'm still far from the "easy-as-pie 1-2-3: Koshinage Magic!" that everyone else seems to have, but am happy to report that it may very well be that some of that magical Koshinage mojo is finally rubbing off on me too (possibly through osmosis, but more plausibly because I've been told to pay attention to the following details). Now, if only I can remember:

- to enter so that my stance is perpendicular to uke's, deep enough that my inner foot is between uke's feet
- when "loading" uke, because of my height, I do not need to crouch very low at all to get under him (also, I need to break my habit of bending my inner knee and tilting my hips towards uke in an attempt to get under him; my hips should be straight and my legs both evenly bent to avoid such strain)
- I need to keep my lead (grasped) arm pointing up and extended when "loading" (and throwing) uke, and he should be positioned with his weight resting low, across the back of my hips; I should feel his obi knot in the small of my back
- to keep my posture relatively straight by looking upwards (to avoid becoming bent over at the waist) and to feel rooted and stable prior to attempting the throw
- when throwing, to tilt hips to the side while standing straight up, and simultaneously grasping uke's hand under my lead arm (for his breakfall) and hooking my lower arm under uke's legs to help facilitate his going over

- oh yeah --- and while I'm at it: pat the top of my head with one hand while rubbing my belly with the other at the same time
- saying "Abracadabra" helps too.
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