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Elaine Yoder Sensei Visit
Waves! Look at Aikido as waves breaking on you, don't try and stop the wave, let it break. This was what she said in the first five minutes of the class. The rest of the class is kind of a blur, as my brain was reconstructing all of the aikido that I knew into wave patterns, which I am VERY familiar with. It was amazing looking at things in this way. I can see why my timing is off on some of the exercises. A lot of the spirals become more apparent when I think of them as waves.
I also thought about trying to fly fish with two people holding the rod at all times, when I was working with Don today. That seemed a good analogy too. My timing on a lot of techniques is really off, and I can't quite figure out where yet.
The class was good, but I was tired by the end and that is when we were doing some techniques that involved rolling, I didn't do so good at that. I thought that I was missing something, when Julia said, don't worry about it, you are tired. And at that moment, I realized that I was really tired and that Julia was right.
It was neat, a lot of the parts of the class tonight were on feeling where your partners is as well as where you were. We learned a new pin technique that was really neat, but hard to accomplish, and I think that I felt a little more flow at a couple of points. There was one that was Tai No Henko but then you walked your uke around. That was really cool and I felt the flow in that. I could feel stops on other things that we did, that I hadn't been aware of before.
All in all a good experience. My brain is still firing away as I write this about the waves idea….