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God love Lan. That man can take more abuse and enjoy it than anyone else I know. (Well, I can take more abuse, but I don't enjoy it unlike him... sicko. )
Anyhow, last nights two hours was spent on... IKKYO! Woohoo! We did Katatae, Shomenuchi, Ushiro, Yokomen and Katatori attacks, Omote and Ura... all Ikkyo.
...and it was time well spent.
Last week, we made great strides into fixing problems with my footwork. This is a good thing: fixing footwork. Well, last night, Lan takes two hours of ukemi for me while I work on Ikkyo and break down the little things that will help me along the road to actually doing it COR-RECT-LY! Alas... only time will tell.
Corrections made: (In no particular order)
1) Hands - reaching over to capture the attacking hand, I found myself pulling the hand off too soon and I was loosing control of the uke when that would happen. ALSO, I was sometimes reaching OVER with that hand and not keeping a good kokyu hand position. These things are easily fixable, just take time and practice.
2) Footwork - Quit bringing that leg back! On the Ushiro attack, I would do the first blend only so much, needed to do more. Then as I turn Tenkai ( think, it was 180degree turn back to face the uke) I needed to leave that (new) inside leg forward. I kept bringing it back which would take me too far away from uke. Keep it forward, and cut! Also, as I'm cutting, bring that inside hand up to the elbow. Be sure I'm FACING the uke so I have room. If I'm not and I'm facing the same direction AS the uke, my hand will hit his arm and I'll have no control.
3) On the yokomen, keep the uke in front of my center! Very key here as it will help correct my footwork on this attack.
4) UP! Up, up, up, up! Drop my center and step into the uke, especailly on the omote. Ura, you have to. Omote, you NEED to! Drop the center, bring the hand up to the elbow, step up and left the elbow with the legs and not the arms. The right hand will cut the uke over... left or Elbow hand will raise them. That contradiction helps take their balance in a big way...
Good class! I'm tired just thinking of it! Oh well, get over it Bozz: class in 4 hours!
PS: Went to the Dr.'s office with wifey today. Sonogram showed a baby just 4 cm long. Just a shrimp! But I like shrimp.