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Lan taught last night. Last class before I go see Kato in Houston. REALLY looking forward to that!
Ikkyo from Shomenuchi. Worked with Fino on this one. My extension is so much better compared to just a year ago. Still working on Kato's footwork, however. For whatever reason, I keep thinking it is different from what I was learning four years ago, even though it isn't really. I need to work on the cut. I still grab too early when I need to cut the uke over completely then grab in preparation for the take-down.
Next, we worked on tenchinage. This is one I was really rust on a week ago. Last night was better, but with my height, I really need to concentrate more on the "earth" lower hand than I do the other. Lower my center down and extend back into the void. I guess that's what O'Sensei is talking about when he says to "blend" or "become one" with the void. If you take the uke to their weakest point, then that is what you are doing ... joining the void. Humph. Have to ponder that one.
Ryorandori? Ugh! Talk about work up a sweat! My feet are still to heavy. I have a nasty habit of planting my feet, dunno why. When I think "up" then it works so much better. Otherwise, I might as well be throwing buses or something.