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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 Yet More C-C-Cold K-K-K-Keiko... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #99 New 02-18-2004 12:32 AM
It was another freezing day in the dojo. The mats were so icy that at one point, Sempai Jeremy's toes went white and he had to rub them during practice to get the circulation going again.

Dave and I went into the dojo about an hour early today to do more pre-test practicing, and it turned out that not only was Sensei there early, but incidentally, Sempai Tim popped by --- just in time to practice with me instead. He'll be testing for Yonkyu, and so we alternated between my being uke for his Ushiro Ryotekubitori Kotegaeshi, Shihonage, and Shomenuchi Koshinage, and he being my uke for my Shomenuchi Sankyo and Katatedori Koshinage.

It turns out that with Sankyo, I've been holding uke's fingers differently all this time (though I could have sworn someone once told me to do it that way) --- instead, I need to initially grasp them so that the back of uke's hand is against my palm (not palm-to-palm, as I've been doing so far). My timing on the Ura version of Sankyo could be a little quicker as well.

With Koshinage, I need to be perpendicular to uke, which means stepping further than his lead foot (something that I also could have sworn I noted before in this journal, but whatever). I've also been standing straight too early --- I need to provide more of a rocking motion to start to get uke rolling over before standing straight again.

In any case, it was a great warm-up, and I stopped noticing how cold it was for some time afterwards.

Later, there was a point in time during class when I realized all of a sudden that I had become so focused on the moment and what we were doing, that I couldn't remember what techniques we had done just before. I also paid more attention to breathing again during practice, and it seemed to help things flow more. I'll have to try this while running through the test next time --- I think that it should help me feel more centered, and maybe even a little less tense.

Tonight, we worked on: Katatedori Shihonage (Ura only), Ryotedori Kokyuho, Katatedori Kotegaeshi, and Katatedori Kokyunage.

Methinks my Kokyuho could be a little more circular, and the same goes for my Kotegaeshi. On this particular Kokyunage, I also need to tenkan properly, and remember that my cutting/throwing hand should end with my fingers pointing downwards (kind of like they are with Iriminage).

Other notes:
- don't forget to secure uke's shoulder before the Kotegaeshi pin
- Yokomenuchi Shihonage during the test always starts with Ura first, then Omote

Three days to the test and counting...and I still need to go over my old journal notes. Dave suggested printing them off and reading them during the 8 hour drive out there, but I don't know --- there would be a heck of a lot to print off!
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