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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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In General Ushiro Ryotekubidori Kaitenage & Old-School Shomen Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #163 New 01-19-2005 09:35 PM
Kaitenage has officially become the new bane of my Aiki-existence. As usual, it comes down to maintaining that tension at my point of contact with uke so as to keep control over his centre. Nothing new there --- just those good old, infuriating details again, such as:
- escaping out of uke's grip by pushing my elbow forward (not pulling)
- keeping pressured contact just above uke's elbow during the sweep downwards
- swinging my leg back during the sweep downwards in order to position myself perpendicular to uke
- pushing down on uke's neck more before the throw if he happens to be bigger and/or more resistant

We did the "old-school" version of Shomenuchi Sankyo in Suwari Waza today, which had (or so we had thought) been deemed unacceptable by Kawahara Shihan prior to my ever testing for Gokkyu and so I had never learned it properly. It's good that we're finally doing it again, because just about every other dojo I've visited does Sankyo this way and as much as I love standing there, looking clueless on the mats...(don't even think of saying it, friend; don't even think it :-P) This is the one where you lean your shoulder onto uke's to keep him down and controlled while setting your hands up for Sankyo (though it doesn't help that my arms are always considerably shorter then uke's, making it difficult to do this), bringing it up as your leg swings out, then moving in front of uke and moving backwards while driving him down to the mat before the pin. Yes, that one. It's going to take some getting used to, for sure, because right now it just feels plain strange not to be "behind" and to the side of uke while going into the pin. Oh well. Practice, practice.

We capped things off not with Randori tonight, but with Morotaedori Kokyunage. I love Kokyunage. Short and sweet, just like me (ha!). Anyhoo, the biggest points to make note of are to keep my arm under uke's during the tenkan so as to lift him up (and forward, not just straight up) as well as (for me) to step forward more to lead bigger ukes.

Speaking of Kokyunage and Randori, I've been meaning to "study up" on the former for use during the latter as well as incorporate the blocks/deflections we use in Tae Sabaki for the same. It's been in the back of my mind for ages, so it's high time I dusted the concepts off and actually applied them, huh?
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