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I've been sooo bogged down with work and personal stuff that I wasn't able to train until last week. I didn't have time to make any new entries in my journal though. However, I hope to rectify that starting this week.
Last night we worked mostly on ushiro tekubidori nikkyo. Actually, that's the only technique we worked on. I was working with a big bulky man, who has had some aikido experience. He's only just started back after many years of being away. He was very tense and rigid. He commented that it felt like I was going to wrench his arm out of his socket whenever I pinned him. It didn't feel like that to me
A couple of times Sensei told me that I wasn't projecting enough to get uke off balance. When I'd take the step back I was pulling uke back into me after bringing my hands down in front of me. Doing that took away their forward motion. Then I'd get tied up trying to get nikkyo and grab their elbow with my arms all bent and uke right up in my ma-ai.
Sensei told us to concentrate on the kokyu ho. (Is that the right term?) If that's done properly then the nikkyo is right in front of you. And you can get at it without bending your arms and keep your ma-ai.
When I was working with the big guy he would just drop when I did nikkyo to him. I remember how I struggled doing nikkyo on men with very thick wrists. My small hands could barely hold their hand and I'd end up hurting my own wrist.
On another note I've decided to take some time off from helping with the children's class. A bit of a bummer, but I need some time for me and Saturday is the best day for me to just chill out and hang with friends or sit in the coffee shop and read a book. Been missing that a lot.