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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
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One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General Yet More Shihonage, Slow and Steady :-) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #30 New 09-16-2003 11:20 PM
Not much to report...we did some atemi drills for the benefit of the new students, then broke up into groups and Dave and I worked on Shomenuchi Shihonage.

Things I need to keep conscious of:
- after blocking, slide rear leg back at about 45 degrees from uke's line of attack
- making sure uke's hand is locked against his shoulder before cutting down (especially on less tall ukes, such as Sempai Tim --- things seem to work fine when I'm working with much taller ukes)

I've been doing Shihonage at a slower pace (not only to help baby Dave's sore wrist) but to watch my own technique more closely, and I think it's helping; I'm making adjustments as I go along whenever things don't feel right.

It's nice to have the opportunity to work on one technique for a long period of time --- I'm sure the new students also really appreciate the ability to concentrate on a single technique at a time like this too; after all, it's overwhelming enough for them as it is.

As an aside: Dave's breakfalls are scary ---we all cringe whenever he does them. His body has a tendency to turn over on its side and he'll barrel roll in mid-air with his legs out to the side (instead of going up and over) and he'll land awkwardly in a manner that looks most painful...it worries me sometimes. Hopefully he'll improve on them soon.
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