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Aikido mind blowers for the day:
My Shiho Nage seemed to have dissapeared for a quite a while. I was working with Picasso this morning, and having my normal shiho nage problems. Picasso said: move your hips through you arms, on shiho nage don't try so much a turn around as to get your hips through. Ok this was amazing, I know that my shiho nage was never as good as it was after that instant!!! Wow, blew my mind.
Then I got to be the crash test dummy (demonstration uke), and Sensei worked on drawing your uke gently off balance in ikkyo and shiho nage. I tried this with my partner, which was Rick and it was amazing!!! Sensei even said "That is good". WOW high praise!!!
Then sensei worked with Rick and I on presenting wrist as a place for uke to grab, but also something that takes and keeps the center. The uke has to go around the hand and wrist to get to Nage. Nage holds center from the begining of the technique. From before their even is a grab or an event. The amazing thing was that this changes for Uke to Uke, and that you have to adjust for ukes physicallity and personality.
Sensei just holding his hand out in the right place made it seem alternately easy to grab, and an obsiticle to get around!!!