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We worked on connection from Gyakute dori Ikkyo today. It was an amazing class. Moving with the Uke, just as the uke moves, altering where the target is for them to grab etc, and watching their body move as an automatic response to your moving you wrist. Rick and I worked pretty hard at the whole thing, and it got pretty smooth. When we traded partners I worked with JF. I managed to be able to guide his energy very well, although some of my form in the technique disappeared as I was doing it. I have to ask Sensei about that. It was awesome smooth, and I felt his energy, however I kept his wrist lower than his shoulder for the whole technique.
I was honored to be Sensei's uke twice in the class once for gyakute dori, and later in the we were sitting in Seiza, and I did a gyakute dori grab really slow and ever so gently found myself on the mat. It was a lot like magic. The I grabbed faster, and again just as gently to the mat. All the while sensei was talking about there not being a him and a me, but rather that we were both all part of oneness. It was amazing cause that sure was how it felt. Then he said this is what happens if I think about there being Guy and I, and I grabbed, and while it was still smooth, I could feel that there was resistance on both our parts that had not been there before. It really amazed me. Sensei smiled at me, it seemed like the lessons which was for the whole class were completely for me.
This class was awesome in that I was able to work on the connection part of my practice for the whole thing. It was great, I could feel some of the flow of connection and staying connected to my partner that I have been cultivating returning.
Amazed I picked a partner for Kokyu dosa and the class was over.
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M and I have noticed that since starting Aikido, we connect differently to people that we meet. There is more connecting to the heart of the people, and less connecting to the lifestyle enclaves, or the common threads of our lives. The more we spoke of it the more people we could come up with that we have connected with in this manner lately. There is something here about connecting, about feeling, with the other people, something that I cannot explain yet, but know is there, and know is a result of our training.
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