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I survived my first experience with Koshi Nage today. This is almost my 1 year anniversary since I started learning aikido (though I was out three months with my ankle injury). Today, I think maybe since I was the only white belt in class (small class today), sensei decided to teach some Koshi Nage.
In case you're not in the know, do a google image search for "Koshi Nage" or "Koshinage." In either case, you'll see scary pics of people being thrown. It means "hip throw" and it involves nage lifting uke with his hips and then throwing him on the ground. There's not a really easy way to take ukemi other than kinda sliding off nage and slapping your hand on the mat.
Not only did I survive the technique, but I thought it was kinda fun after I realized that it didn't hurt nearly as bad as it looks, though it will probably be a while before I feel comfortable with it. One time, sensei demonstrated the technique on me (oh no!!) and I did ok, but when I slapped the mat, I kind of hit my arm elbow down first, which hurt a bit and I think if I did that any faster I could have easily broken my arm.
Either way, I'm no longer a Koshi Nage virgin. Could I actually be learning break-falls next?? (probably not for a while).
In case anyone is interested, I'm still wearing the super brace for my ankle. I had been thinking that maybe it wasn't really necessary any more since my foot almost never bothers me in class, but I have noticed that if I walk around with just my sandles on for a long period of time, my foot gets weak and uncomfortable. Yesterday I tried wearing an old "sock-like" ankle brace while tooling around a local mall, but it didn't seem to give much of any support and after a while it started hurting the bottom of my foot.
I hope that eventually I'll no longer have to wear this brace, but right now it's still good as a mental crutch and it will do until i find something intermediate between wearing nothing and this big super brace.