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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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In General "Hi. My name is Jamie, and I'm an...Overly-Sensit Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #75 New 12-03-2003 11:53 PM
Time to form a support group.

I missed writing about Monday's class (yet again) and so I will try to combine things (yet again) as I remember them. It's not so bad, since there really is just one thing of note that I do recall from Monday in regards to bokken practice.

I think I finally know why it is that it has been taking me so bloody long to do the second last strike of the eight directions kata correctly. I notice that I've refrained from all-out doing the sweeping motion of the strike to its full breadth, and now that I think about it, I'm pretty sure it's because I've been fearful of hitting someone else with my bokken! (I know, I'm here thinking to myself, "Was that all it was?! Pah! Such a trifle!") So it seems that I've trained myself (to my detriment) to be overly-cautious and self-conscious --- which means that I now have to untrain myself out of it. This should be...fun.

Anyway, tonight (Wednesday) we worked on:
- Katadori Kokyuho(? --- Ack! Serves me right for not asking) in Suwari Waza: aside from a couple of minor technical details I missed early on, no major difficulties of note here; felt fairly smooth overall. Well, it did for me. I don't know about uke.
- Tsuki Kokyuho: Sensei emphasized feeling and adapting to uke's individual energy with this particular technique and the next, and I did my best to keep this in mind; afterwards, I definitely found things felt like they flowed much better.
- Katatedori Iriminage: Sensei drew my attention to my not holding onto the back of uke's neck long enough to really get much out of maintaining control over him, and I realized that it was because I was afraid of pushing uke too low (do we sense a pattern here?) as my sempais have in the past drawn my attention to the fact that I have a tendency to hold on too long (and thus either push them down further than they can manage or just face-plant them). I know, I usually can't help it, being so short as it is. But I still try to accomodate their concerns. Sensei told me just not to worry about it. But...

Am I just being too darn nice --- I mean sensitive --- for my own good?
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