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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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  #194 New 11-17-2005 10:30 AM
Undoubtedly due to the huge influx of snow we got, Tuesday night was an unusually small class (funny though, this used to be the average class size...ah, good times.) These days, you get to really cherish those opportunities to have all that mat space in which you don't have to constrict either your ukemi or nagemi...not to mention getting all that extra attention from Sensei.

Which is just fine, considering I'd been having a hell of a time with Ushiro Ryokatadori Sankyo. Which just so happens to be a test technique, lucky me. The actual Sankyo itself just didn't feel under control --- we even tried it with me using both hands, to no avail. From the get-go, I felt like doing it with someone much taller (like Sempai Jeremy) had me at a disadvantage since I was putting it on using just my shoulder --- it was as though with the height difference, it just wasn't strong enough; as though I would have to torque and push upwards with my shoulder at the same time (which I experimented with, but no luck) just to get the leverage I needed.

It wasn't until Sensei attempted to do the technique while trying to simulate my height that he was able to fully understand the problem I was having. He too felt Jeremy's hand slip out and thus lessen the torque, which made me feel a little less frustrated about the problem. The solution he eventually came up with was (as with many things I'm finding these days) a matter of feel. I would have to step back and feel a bend in uke's wrist prior to turning to put Sankyo on in order for it to be effective. Can't help but love Sensei for that.

When I think about it all, on the one hand I feel rather pleased that I'm at the point where I can actually feel when a technique is not working as well as it could. So great --- over time, I've developed a better sense of how my own and uke's movement feels to the extent of knowing whether or not what I'm doing is effective and if it can be done with better smoothness and efficiency. In other words, I know when I suck. Wonderful. On the other hand, it remains a source of endless frustration that it still seems as though --- because of my size and thus having to adapt each technique so much down to the smallest of details --- I have to work ten times harder than anyone else on the mats just to accomplish the same bloody thing. But then, I also know that I expect far more of myself than anyone else does. Oh well.

In other news, the seminar with Kawahara Sensei approacheth. It'll be in Saskatoon during the weekend of the 26th. Which means just two more mock tests to go, including tonight's. Sankyu ETA 9 days. *squeee!!!* And to top it all off, we've never had this many folks from the dojo come out to a seminar before (it'll be around a dozen). Heck, we've never had this many folks in the club before. Should be a blast!
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