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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
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  #68 New 11-23-2003 11:28 PM
Yesterday, I found myself alone at the dojo...a new experience, but a very rewarding one. In my quiet seclusion (there wasn't a soul besides me in the whole building while I was there), I decided to focus on some things that have been giving me a bit of trouble.

I practiced my ukemi, and though I still was unable to tame my meandering/crooked Mai ukemi after a great many tries, I actually managed to do some decent Ushiro without my knee touching the mat! Yay me! The downside is that while it can be consistently good on one side, it is still touching down now and then on the other. Oh well --- it feels good to just notice a change in this way, however small, for once.

I went on to practicing weapons, and in particular the Eight Directions Bokken kata which I always flub up (especially at the end). I took my time with it at first, then sped it up a little and it's beginning to feel a lot smoother. Though I'm still uncertain as to whether I'm doing the second-last step correctly...

I also practiced the 13-step Bokken kata, which I have memorized and feels alright, I guess. I wish I could say the same about the 13-step Jo kata, which I also --- okay, *tried* practicing, but couldn't remember all the way through. So instead, I practiced more strikes with my left (non-dominant) hand high, as this still feels very awkward and weak at times.

After this, I made (if I do say so myself) a rather shoddy attempt at practicing technique on my own and came to the realization that I am not yet at the stage where I can get much out of this without feeling and acting in relation to an actual, physical, uke. My second-rate, imaginary ukes just didn't cut it. I went down the test list and as I was going through the motions --- er, trying to --- I also realized how much I actually rely upon looking at uke's stance/footwork in relation to my own for some movements. Let's just say I have a sneaking suspicion that this should not be. :S After all, in a real-life combat situation, it's not like I'm going to be paying sole attention to the position of my attackers feet! Um, no pun intended. Sigh...

Another thing I realized while going down the list is that we haven't worked on Sankyo or Koshinage in a while, which is a good realization to make since Sensei is always asking what waza I want to do...now I actually have a real answer for once instead of my usual cop-out of letting him pick whatever we don't do often.

At the very least, I got to work up a good sweat if nothing else. Can't complain about that.
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