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Boy, was I ever tossed around last night. The instructor, one of our nidans, loves doing funky stuff. Lots of circling motions. A whole technique spinning around and around. First one way then the other. It's all good fun though. Always an interesting class.
We started off doing a reversal exercise which made me really dizzy. Nage puts up their guard hand and uke grabs the forearm with both hands…nage tenkans and as uke comes around, nage grabs the forearm closest to them and becomes uke. It's kind of hard to describe.
So that was the opening for the rest of the techniques we did.
Using that opening, which I don't know the name of, we did nikyo as the first technique. My partner, a 2nd kyu, would resist when I'd grab his elbow to turn him over once he was down on the mat. He said to keep applying nikyo until he was as close to me as possible then grab his elbow. While training with him he let spill that the deshi calls me "Iron Arms."
Then the instructor called me up to be uke. As I grabbed his forearm he tenkaned then with his free hand cut under my arms to step across the front of me then round behind me to grab my shoulders for iriminage. He whipped me around like rag doll, but he eased up a bit on the throw. After only a handful of those I was sucking wind big time. I could feel myself get all flushed. But it was invigorating at the same time. (After class he said I'd done well.)
However, when I had to do the technique with my newbie partner I had no clue. I just was not getting it. The instructor came over several times to talk me through it. It's a good thing he's patient. I did eventually catch on.