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Morning class worked on Morote Dori Kokyu Ho, one of my favorite techniques. Sensei came by and became my training partner at one point and repeatedly ran into me like running into a mountain. He then explained that my goal of getting into position was taking precedence of my goal of taking Ukes balance. I tried it some more with both Sensei and my training partner, and found that he was of course completely correct. It was great, such little things like placing your foot right were Ukes foot is on the first step in make such a difference.
Worked on gykute dori Nikkyo. I was working with Niky and when I would pin her in the pin her elbow made this horrid popping sound, scared the shit out of both of us! Then I did it again. We stopped and talked about the fact that I was pulling her arm into me in the nikkyo pin instead of me into her arm, this was over flexing her elbow. So I started doing it the other way and found the pin easier to do, and more effective, and most importantly didn't scare either of us!!!
In Kokyu Dosa worked on moving with the initial placing of the persons hands on my wrist, and worked on the swirl move instead of the standard move. It was great. Also worked on breathing base, and staying centered, not using my arms as shock absorbers rather extending them, and being calm slow and technical with my shoulders dropped, moving from center. Obviously not all of this came together at any one time.
After class worked with Rick for training on his stuff for his shodan test. It was great. I was mostly the Uke, although I tried a couple of the techniques that I am less familiar with. It was great! Really worked through a lot of the physical energy and tightness that I have been developing working on the boat and feeling pressed for time. Left feeling like I was a noodle! Yeah! Some times in the middle of some of the techniques I would suddenly realize that I had been flowing as Uke and there was an effortless ness about it. It felt really good, kind of amazing too! Some times I feel what I am doing, and think WOW was that really me? That must have looked like what I thought Aikido might look like when I started. Not that this is an ego thing, more of an amazement thing.