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It's been a while since my last entry, but I have been training on and off (mainly off, due to work )And I'm also planning my wedding, which will be in 6 weeks time
I went to one class taught by our 2nd kyu, while Sensei was away at UKA Summer School, which was really good We worked on breathing and how this can help or hinder your technique. At the start of class, our 2nd kyu said he didn't think he could teach me anything (I'm nidan), to which I replied "Want a bet? I've learned loads from kyu graded students over the years! Also, it is best that you take this class because teaching is one of the best ways of making sure you know something."
I also learned form him the UKA method of gyaku-hami katatedori ikkyo, which is not the same as I'd done before
Upon his return, Sensei was on a crusade to improve our ukemi skills I'm very happy with this because it's always been my weak point. We've done a few exercises which have helped me to keep my wrist in my centre, follow appropriately, and fall in a soft and more controlled way. I'm still very wary of taking high falls due to my back injury, but found myself on the receiving end of Sensei's koshinage last Friday He lowered me down gently so I was ok, but I'm not convinced I can do this yet..
Last week I managed to throw our 2nd kyu too far We were doing jujinage, not my favourite technique and I was struggling. At one point I was throwing our 2nd kyu when I heard Sensei call out "Good!" and the next thing I knew uke had gone flying about 4 feet and landed very awkwardly on his shoulder
I don't know where that came from. So now I'm worried I'm getting dangerous Maybe I'm going through the grades again, and have now hit 3rd kyu stage - enough ability to apply a powerful technique, but without sufficient control
This means I'd better work very hard on self control again, and not let rip on the mudansha!