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Ok, so I am falling into a pattern of being deemed the "Class Uke" during testing time. Which is an honor but very tiring! I finally tested for 5th kyu last Friday. I was the first person up to test And expended alot of "ki" and adremaline into my moves because I felt I was so "ki'ed" up. I know I was going to be Uke for someone else that night, which wasn't a problem because I have trained with this young lady before and we flow together well.
To my surprise, I was called up to be uke for another person testing that I have only had a few practice sessions with. Consequentially, we didn't flow together as well as we would of if we had some good practices in. Since we didn't flow together, even though I tried be on my best uke behaivor, there was more of strength and muscling being used. By the end of the night I was whipped, tired,sore and advanced to the next level!! Woohoo!!
The partner that I usually work out with is alot taller then I am. He is about 6'2" and I am 5'3". The height makes it difficult for me to complete the moves the way that Rick Sensei demonstrates it so I am constantly having to modify my grips (his hands are way bigger then mine) and movements. Even though he is taller then me, we have a good flow and blend together when we work out.
Techniques to work on:
Pins on Uke
Modifying grip on Uke
Rolling without being dizzy
Deep Ki breathing