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Tuesday was one of those frustrating, "I don't get it" days. I understood the concept behind the techniques. The application, on the other hand, was a completely different story. Of course, by the time I was feeling half way comfortable with it, class was over. Thursday, however, was a completely different story. We were working on a technique where uke locks up your wrists from the rear. The idea was to bring the outside part of your wrists together, get your elbows underneath uke's, bring "ghost hands" up to about face level, and step off a bit. From here you could project, or simply drop. Something just clicked. My uke was Charlie who is the Sensei for Tuesday classes. After a few "feeler" attempts I did the technique. To my surprise, Charlie was across the room sporting a big 'ol grin. "Heh...that was good one!"
The next one same result. My God.....could it be that I'm actually starting to get this?!?!?!
The rest of the class followed the same pattern with a few variations. We worked the technique with one hand which ended in a joint lock take down and pin. We worked both hands, step around, into a heaven and earth thingie. Yes I said "thingie*, deal with it !!!
Bill was the guest Sensei for the Thursday class. You all remember Bill don't you? Bob Noha Sensei (the owner of the school and instructor for Thurs Sat. classes) is out of town. So now I get to spend another week landing on the zippers in my warm up pants, cause Bob has my Gi. Pardon me while I burst with enthusiastic joy. Here I go.....*bursting with enthusiastic joy*......Ok, I'm done now.
I ordered a rosewood Jo staff and a black lacquered oak-wood Bokken this week. I shall now pause while y'all burst with enthusiastic joy in my honor......