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Today's class was exciting! I was a liiiitle late Just couple of minutes and I think I haven't missed anything.
The best part was that I was the most junior person, so I could work with the most experienced person. Well, today there were two most experienced people I joined them since number of students was not even. That was something! I haven't felt such energu for many classes since Jim had baby and stopped his training. Well, now he is back and so is Steven whom I haven't seen since my second training day which was 4 months before. Jim as always was an embodiment of a controlled power. Steven is softer but very technically precise.
First we did morote dori kokyu ho. It's amazing how they do this! I still can't feel this technique, but I'm learning... from very experienced people.
Then we did first 4 moves from 31 jo kata partner practice. That's first time I'm doing it realizing what I'm doing. I had enaugh time to practice that as attacker and as a defender and I think I remember all the moves. I'll try to practice it in my mind.
Then we were practicing shomen and yokumen attacks and different responces and we were doing kihon waza, so it was a test of our timing. That is amazing feeling - doing pretty advanced things with advanced people. First was shomen attack, you move off to a site, foot work as in ikkyo, hand blocks attacker's hand in the beginning of the attack. The other handblade cuts attacker's hand over your blocking hand and continuation is ikkyo. Next was yokumen attack, yokumen responce, hands cut and meet at the bottom of the circle and then shihonage. We practiced both omote and ura. Have to remember to do small steps. Have to work on my timing in kihon waza.
Class was very energetic and inspiring. It's sure terrifying to be Jim's uke when he does shihonage (the killer technique as Stan Pranin called it in one of his articles). Steven had to do couple of high falls. But now I feel much more confident in my ukemi.