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Well I arrived a little later then usual last night and was greeted at the door by Joss who was super happy to see me. We chatted about the weather and got changed. We chatted about why we where doing Aikido and what we expect and then went in to the dojo.
One of the Jiu Jutsu guys had bust his nose and was bleeding on the benches, the rest where wrestling on the mats and placing each other in painful looking arm locks and other unusual positions.
We waited on Gerald getting ready and started our class. We did the usual communal warm up and then rolling and tumbling from one end of the mat to the other when Paddy arrived and also the little German chick.
We had a full house and where ready to train.
We started with soft cross wrist grab techniques. (Turn Nikajo then Turn Yonkajo, Sankajo, shihunage and then Hijiate). This was super amazing as I learned that all I had to do was wither turn and keep my hands at my head and the technique was dynamite. I could really throw Gerald about like a rag doll if and only if I got it just right. We did this over and over until I felt really good about what I was doing. Gerald really threw me some doing his techniques as we where training mainly on the feel and timing.
We then did the attacks from Shomen (head cut). The techniques where (Kotageshi,Shihomage, Hijiate, kokyunage and Iriminage) all from a chop to the head. I did this with Paddy who got a little flustered with himself as he kept forgetting how to do Shihonage for some reason yet when he did remember it he truly threw me like a rag doll. This was fun.
Then we did five thrusting attacks to the stomach (Ski) the techniques where (Kotageshi, hijiate,sokumen, Shomen irimi and then Ushironage - pull down from behind -) I did this with little Ninja German and let me tell you she has dynamite technique! I tried to hit her and she did the most amazing Kotageshi I have ever experienced to date, truly amazing as I hit the mat! She also has an amazing hijiate to match. She threw me all over with a little smile and a giggle. Yet when it came to my turn I could not throw her in Shomen irimi as I kept losing her, she would disappear under my arms or something. This was truly frustrating, yet understandable as she is so small.