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It seems any time I'm not there on a regular basis, Sensei has a revalation and I have to learn aikido all over again. Last night was no exception, subtle though it may seem.
Up! Up! Everything goes UP! On the katame waza (ikkyo - gokyo) we start out facing the uke as always. (Base this off of same-side wrist grab) So, we start off turning 90 degrees and stepping back slightly with the outside foot and then deeper with the inside foot. Gotta keep your hands up and in front of you, but the outside hand comes in at an angle to the floor, with good kokyu ho hand positioning, and instead of going right in for the wrist (and inside hand going for the elbow) Instead... you strike the uke's arm slightly and begin lifting up and you slide your hand up to their wrist. Once the wrist is raised, then you go for the lebow and cut the uke over.
We worked on this all night. It's so subtle, but when your 260lbs and your instructor is smaller and he's got you up on your toes, you know there's gotta be something to it. I'm looking forward to "getting" this and being able to do it. I have no doubt the ramifications of this, but it's going to take some getting used to.
In the mean time, I'm outta here. Gotta go sell a house! or two