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Wed. at the Doshinkan. We worked a lot of basic movements with partner. Before class I worked with another yudansha pushing on me, with me grounding and trying to bring the ground to my hands. I was able to sustain with a really strong push from him, even when I asked him to go to a really hard push. This was a very straight line push, not with a lot of adjusting to find my weak lines. I used the type of stance Dan / Akuzawa / Mike showed more than a Yoshinkan stance, but then played with sourcing the ground from the front foot and weighting there as well. Moving back and forth between front weight and back weight was very interesting...I think I will try to do more of that in the future with a good push. I also got a very stong mudansha to push after class; he automatically adjusts his push to find any gaps or angles where I am weak, so it's much harder with him. He can switch the push faster than I can ground it.
[NOTE] I was doing much the same exercise at another dojo with someone who decided to switch from push to pull suddenly. Once I knew that he was going to play that, I was able to let him switch back and forth...with the result being in a throw everytime he switched, if I was sensitive to feel what has happening. Basically, if he was pushing and went to a pull, switching to the obi as the focus point and doing an "open" brought him into me and kicked his legs up in the air. Doing a pull, with my focus on the back of the obi, when he switched to a push, I didn't have to change the focus, just time the push with an open, and pretty much same result.
The waza were variations on a kokyu nage and kotegaeshi. Shomen uchi, ude osae; shomen uchi taihenko kotegaeshi, shomen uchi taihenko men nage. With everything connected, it was fairly easy to perform.
Because of the basic movement with partner I also got to work on grounding a lot during class. I still find it easier from the back foot, but I seem to be improving on the front foot. Kancho had us working with 2 to 3 people holding us to work elbow power 1. I didn't focus enough on doing the "up" once I had the ground, so it was way too physical, and not enough mental. I have to try to make the most of these opportunities.