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Not a 100% yet but I can't stay out of the dojo any longer. We took things easy due to a few injuries, not related to Aikido training, and a new student. We were expecting a few new students but only one showed up. Late, but better late than never. He seems quite keen on this style. I think he'll enjoy it.
It was neat haveing a new student in class. It really gives you a sense for how far you've come. like, I remember leading with the wrong foot all the time, and being so choppy and tense.
To slow things down we practiced a few entering and blending exersizes. I was trying to get the feeling of staying floppy chicken loose while entering, and keeping my leading hand in front of me with unbendable arm while leading.
The rest of the class was Katatori ikkyo, katatatori Oujiji, to get the new guy started on a couple of techniques. We did a demonstration on randori with the senior student and I attacking sensei. Sensei got me with a great touchless irimi nage. I saw the cloths line coming and wasn't about to let it connect. All I could do was Ushiro Ukeme to the floor.
We were also discussing about how to deal with unpredictable attacks. Ma-ai was mentioned, and during the demo I didn't give sensei any indication how I was going to attack him. It was the first time I have done that. I found out just how effective sensei's Aikido is. It became evedent to me that I wouldn't want to be the poor sap who tries to take a lung, punch, kick or anything else at sensei.