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No mat time for Guy from the 1/6/05-1/17/04 as I was in Virginia finishing up some business. It all turned out good though and I was able to spend some quality time with my Dad to boot.
Back on the mat on the 17th, 18th, 21st and 22nd. This is open training month as Kyu tests are coming up on March 5th. M is testing for her 5th Kyu, so I have been helping her quite a bit. I have been working on Kaitan Nage most of the time in my practices, and a little on my Hanmi Handachi.
At first I thought that Hanmi Handachi was kind of strange, but after doing it for a while I realized that I thought that I was at a disadvantage when being down there and someone being up there. This was a wonderful realization which meant that physical size and location were linked to power in my mind. The entire idea of Hanmi Handachi in my mind shifted as a tool to make me less concerned with where I was in the physical sense and focus more on where I was in the mental and centered sense. For this Hanmi Handachi and Jo take away's are proving awesome.
Worked with Nikki on a variety of techniques, it is always fun having her as a training partner, she is wonderful in her Aikido, and wonderful to work with. In the process though I think that I have become an adolescent Aikidoka, and that I am more focused on the techniques, and getting things right now than I am on being kind and in the flow. This is frustrating me, and I can't see how to get out of it. Sensei warned me that I would get here, and that it too would pass, I guess that I felt that I had been bucketing out my own pond for long enough as an adult that I could avoid being here. Ick I don't like it, but can't figure out how to get over and around it other than knowing I am an adolescent Aikidoka and being very careful to monitor my actions and motives behind what I am doing.