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I attended my first ever Tango lesson last night (it was actually a milonga session but as I've never done any Tango before it was all new). It was divine, and surprisingly uncreepy; I think that's the advantage of a fairly small class.
Having spent more time than is really sensible trying to obtain my partners balance, disrupt their centre with mine and then plant them on the floor (in a peaceful and at-one-with-the-universe fashion), all that lovely Aikido stuff that is so vital and yet so hard to master, I fancied a change of pace.
I fancied an activity that involved some music and plenty of time NOT defending myself. Tango being what it is though (a potentially Hot & Steamy Latin American dance) I'll probably spend more time defending my honour during a class than I ever have during Martial Arts training.
I think I've chosen to go about it the right way, mind.... Learn to throw a guy on his arse, then take up close and personal dancing with a partner, it gives a girl a certain sense of power.
Monday's Aikido session was a mixed bag. I got thumped randomly for missing my place in the Ukemi line up by the person who, being too close to the person in front, caused me to miss my turn in the line, but there we go! **meditates furiously....Psychic Egg, Psychic Egg, Psychic Egg** **then thinks sod it and sticks tongue out at person who thumped her**
I trained with Rw our "we shall, we shall not be moved" black belt with the only recently repaired knee. Was hopping with frustration at my inability to do a decent Ikyo on the man but think I may have worked out how to throw him, so I will grab him tonight and see if my theory works. Creative Visualisation, by Jove I think those Taoists may be on to something. Lead, lead and more lead...
Koshi Nage is still a mixed bag. As with all things, it's how I land that's affecting how I throw other people. It's a Karma thing; If I can't take it I shouldn't dish it.
Any tips on how to land from Koshi, gratefully received!!