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ha! aikido dojo is open again. Yay . I thought it was supposed to be closed for 2 weeks ie the entire duration of the lunar new year but it turns out I was wrong and it was only closed for one week. Luckily someone put me right so I turned up for class.
It's always a little strange to be back after a short break and yesterday I was a bit rusty on my tenkans especially since I was partnered with this superfast shodan girl who has very sharp fast attacks. I simply could not get my tenkans into position in time. I actually often have ths problem with her. I think she just moves much faster than I have the reflexes to cope with and it means the only effective way of dealing with her is to irimi/enter rather than tenkan.
I was thinking with a big guy I'd rather tenkan than irimi but with a small fast opponent I'd enter. Then what would happen if a big fast guy comes at me?? Runnnnn...... But more seriously, I think then I'd have to atemi, to feint to throw him off balance.
Oh I really felt my inability to do ukemi for irimi...sigh. I really really have to get one of the seniors to show me how and drill me through it cos although I've seen it done, I can't break it down for myself. I need to learn it step by step.
I feel my age more now though. It's kinda catching up with me .