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Was in class last night after last week training three times as Sensei had a French student over for a lot of intense training. Training with Sensei in a private lesson and being his Uke is very nice and I also learn a lot more as you learn to Ukemi better so as not to lose a limb or injure yourself.
Saturday was a tough training as it was intense and I was with the French guy again doing ashi sabaki over and over until I felt like I wanted to throw up!
But nothing I think could compare to Tuesday's class. I arrived Tuesday and the bell was working, which is always a nice sign!
I got changed and noticed the G-man was back after a while away, this meant I had to mentally prepare myself for some hard throws (and I was correct). I waited for Rene or Paddy but Sempai joss arrived and I knew that I would be doing some advanced techniques coupled with some damn hard throws from great heights.
Well we warmed up quite quickly and this was easy to do as it was sauna hot in the dojo last night and we where then reminded that we have a demonstration to do and this must be prepared for quickly (as we like the 7 P's Prior Planning and Preparation Prevents Piss Poor Performance).
We then started the lesson with a nice technique where Uke attacks with a shomen uchi strike. You cut it, quickly turn the opponent and then throw (I forget the name). This was done over and over, I found it difficult, as I cannot correctly use my hips yet, and I actually noticed I am very bad at Aikido!!
We then did a variation of this where you do the same movement and then throw them over your shoulder. This was super hard as I could not get low enough, and also coupled with being very bad at aikido did not work!
We then did the eight techniques 3 times each person and I was finished!!
Great lesson but very hard on the cardio side and coupled with the realization that you are very bad at something was kind of hard!