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Wow just before class sensei came out and asked if there was anyone of a higher rank in the dressing room than me. No I said. Then you are teaching tonight ok. I stammered a little. Then in an uncharacteristic way sensei stopped me by saying; "The correct response is to thank me for this wonderful opportunity". I bowed and thanked him.
So I demonstrated Tai no henko to the class. Then worked with someone that was new to the mat. All the while thinking; "What in the heck am I going to teach for a technique?"
So I settled on Katata dori shiho Nage. Since this was a basics class the technique was from kihon waza.
My demonstration of the technique was not my best ever shiho nage. Melissa later said that she thought it was fine. Then again it helps to have your own cheerleading section in any crowd.
We got a couple of partner changes in. I demonstrated again pointing out the common mistakes. Then more practicing. It went pretty well. I tried hard to only give people positive feedback I am not sure how well I did at this. Several people commented that they liked the class a lot. After class Vince told me that he liked the way that I explained Shiho Nage.
Second class went well but strange. Unlike most of the second classes this one had a large portion of white belts in it. Sensei Gordon Tekel taught the class. We did defenses out of a bear hug from behind. This was great! The idea was that you make yourself into a triangle and wedge the bear hug out from the bottom.
This was a great class. At one point Sensei Tekel grabbed me and held tight it was great practice I had quite a bit of trouble with him at first. Sensei Tekel demonstrated w/ me as uke several times I could feel it but doing it proved more difficult than I would have guessed. I need to be more triangular from the bottom.
After class Richard and I worked on tia no henko. I had worked with him during class on it and he wanted to better understand what was different. I could feel him getting the differences we were working on.