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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 You know it's creeping up on test time when... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #148 New 09-17-2004 08:31 PM
when Sensei starts running you through your tests, of course. I had already been given a bit of a "going away present" from Sensei, running me through my Yonkyu test on the fly the last day before my work-induced hiatus, which really surprised me --- not only in that I did not expect it, but --- that I was actually able to remember a fair amount.

We did more of these today, including the first run-through for my Kohai Ken's Gokkyu test. Wow, time sure flies. What a nice feeling, to see someone else who's been a consistent student finally get to that point. Kinda makes ya warm and fuzzy inside. I mean, it's like you've made this effort over time to help this former-newbie along, and to see progression is very rewarding...I can only imagine how it must feel to Sensei, to see everyone coming along, and to see so many students on the mats. I know that there was a time when it wasn't always that way.

The focus was on Shihonage tonight, and for me it was Ushiro Ryotekubidori Shihonage --- it's the omote version that I'm still having issues with, but at the end of the night, it was feeling a lot better (took bloody long enough!) The (dynamic) opening is fine, but I was getting cramped just after this (Sensei noticing that I am dissipating the wide, leading motions of the beginning by making smaller motions after this) ---in particular, I needed to get used to stepping back deeply (which is simultaneously done along with leading and bringing the second hand up into shihonage with a sweeping motion). It started out feeling quite awkward and initially seemed a counter-intuitive way of stepping (since I naturally take small strides) but after awhile, my body started getting more used to it after a few reps. Thank goodness.

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