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Creation Date: 02-23-2005 11:31 AM
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  #23 New 02-03-2005 03:50 PM
February 3, 2005, Awkward Position

I feel like I'm getting back into the rhythm of training again. At the women's class last night I was uke for the instructor, the deshi. He was teaching because the regular teacher has been away for a few days.

Before the class there had been a children's class. One of the ladies has her son in the class and before he left with his grandmother he said, "Have a good class, mom. Pay attention."

When class was under way we did ushiro techniques.

During ushiro katate tori nikyo, my partner who's been training for about four months, asked what I'd do if she didn't let go when I grabbed her hand and elbow. In response I applied the technique with a bit of force, which I hadn't been doing.

Not the best response. I just wasn't thinking, I guess.

I thought about it later when I got home and it occurred to me that I could have explained that training from static gives a beginner certain misconceptions…like that they'd be able to hold on to someone's lapels while the person they were attacking was doing the technique. The fact is…it would be very difficult to hold on during ushiro. Well at least for me it's hard not to go flying. And why would you hold on? You're in an awkward position anyway. Why would you want to stay that way? My instinctive response when being uke for ushiro is to let go, but in order for both people to learn the connection needs to be maintained.

Anyways, hopefully I'll have a more appropriate response when encountered with a similar situation in the future.
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