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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 Training in Toronto: Toronto Aikikai (Day 2 of 2 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #84 New 01-01-2004 11:14 AM
[Apologies for the delay --- I was travelling yesterday and didn't have Internet access until today...which reminds me: Happy New Year, everyone!]

What better way to spend one's last night in town? It was with feeling a certain level of completion and connection within that I leave here. Overall, training at both dojos and with two other, different teachers has given me much to think about, and I hope to soon write another entry on my general impression of the experience as a whole.

My last day training at the Toronto Aikikai started off very nearly the same as the last: with Taenohenko (the one I was familiar with, suprisingly), which later would become the "newer" version in which you turn 180 degrees --- I guess I must have somehow managed to finally get the hang of this and a couple of other techniques (like the one that led uke downwards from Katatedori) we repeated again today, as they got the nod of approval from Zimmerman Sensei...

We continued to work on both Kousadori Iriminage, and Ryotedori Iriminage. This being a much larger dojo, the mats were naturally rather crowded, and with these particular techniques, it became quite the task to find space in which to move and throw freely. Actually, I was a little suprised that some students, depsite obviously having had to at some point get used to training with so many other bodies on the mat, were not more conscious of their own space...but of course we all have our own little idiosyncrasies, I suppose.

The rest of the class was devoted to working in lines, just like yesterday's class, doing another (again familiar) kind of Kousadori Kokyunage --- during which Zimmerman Sensei showed me to not only let uke grab my wrist palm-up (which should sweep across and down palm-down) but to also move from palm-up to palm-down while executing the throw (leaning forward into uke's elbow). The other throw we worked on in a line was from Katatedori and (I believe) it involved Sankyo --- I only say "I believe" because with the group I worked with, it wasn't readily apparent that everyone was doing Sankyo...everyone seemed to be doing something slightly different, and as no one corrected them, I really have no idea what way would be considered the correct way, or even if it indeed was Sankyo --- though it certainly looked like it when it was demonstrated. (Sorry!)

I guess this is just another unfortunate consequence of having such larger classes...this wasn't the first time I noticed that some folks would be doing the technique quite a bit differently and yet none were corrected on it. With a larger teacher to student ratio, I suppose there's always a greater possibility that someone will "slip through the cracks", so to speak.

All in all, it was fun and once again it was good to connect with so many different aikidoka, this time in a much larger school --- and especially with other women, being few and far between (at least in my own limited experience). Aside from being very helpful yet again, Zimmerman Sensei was also kind enough to let me sit in and watch their Iaido class afterwards, and it was quite interesting to see...it seemed so very elegant an art --- I would love to try it one day --- unfortunately, I don't know of anyone in Winnipeg who teaches it.

[I'll most likely be back online again either later today or tomorrow not only to sum things up about the trip, but to report on tonight's New Year's Day (Misogi) practice.]
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