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Morning class: Ushiro Ryote Dori Kokyu Ho
This was a new technique for me, I don't think that I have ever even seen it. It was most difficult to get the whole thing to work together at all. I managed to step or be stepped on by everyone until Sensei pointed out that I was giving the clues that it was going to be in Motion when I was then trying to do it static. (Egads I would never have figured that out). It was a great practice though, and Rick and I mostly figured out where it was that our feet were supposed to be. We practiced after class until Rick did the technique really well, super smooth and flowing, and we decided that was a great note to quit on.
I noticed that when I was upright and centered that it worked a lot better than when I was hunched over in the slightest. I have to work on that really hard, staying upright and keeping things in my center.
In Kyku Ho I have a tendency to want to look at the Uke instead of leaving them at the back of my head. I have to get over that too!
It was good to really turn in a good day on the mat though. I have also promised to take Donny and Celest with me to the Dojo tonight, getting both of them on the mat seems likely. I am fairly certain that there will be a number of Yudansha there to help with getting people oriented to the processes of the general Aikido world.
M is getting to the point that I think that we are going to get her on the mat soon.