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(No training for me, on Monday...but, for Tuesday--)
Morning class held several small, pleasant surprises. Aimen wasn't at the dojo for some reason, but Linda Sensei was: and she led the morning class.
The class theme loosely centered around "wide, full" blends, versus, "tight, footing-centered" blends. Iriminage was the technique mostly we primarily practiced, opening up into jiyuwaza and variations.
In the last 20minutes, Linda demonstrated aspects of randori, and using peripheral vision, instead of squarely facing down each new uke.
At the very end, she had me come up and first demonstrate eyes-closed "waza;" and then a very "flowing," continuous randori. My main focus was to be very easy, and relaxed..as relaxed and possessed of "shihan-patience," as I want to be, on Saturday. Afterwards, I received a lot of positive feedback, from the other doka watching.
After class, I practiced bo-work for an hour. I feel that I have a loong way to go to understand the bo (I never even touched a bo, before I came to this dojo, not that long ago). It's very different in many respects from the jo, which I am more comfortable.
More later. For now: I will check my email, and enjoy the laziness brought on by the rain and a day off. Perhaps I will go to tonight's class. Decisions, decisions.