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No pulling or pushing seems to be necessary, it is all forms of spirals, and getting everything over your center...Or it could be something else totaly...
WOW, Peter had his 4th Kyu test tonight it was interesting to watch. I learned a lot about testing, about rank and the like. Sensei stated that it was not so much that he got everything correct, but that he showed the signs of mastery. He went on to explain that Peter learned from his mistakes during the test, and continued in spite of them. Looking on with my Japanese handicap it never looked like anything was wrong. He completed a move when one was called for. The one that was called for was a cross body strike, and he had done a same side of the body strike, the end was completely different, but it looked effective anyway. I suppose that other people knew what was wrong, but if Sensei hadn't called out other stance (he used the Japanese word of course), I would have never know what was up. He passed, it was good to see him relax afterward, he does seem to have been pretty nervous about it.
I had the opportunity to work with someone new tonight, a yudansha, whom I have never met. His name I am afraid slipped me completely. I learned that I had been doing the Gykute dori Ikkyo completely wrong not only with my feet, but my hands also. I am not supposed to grab the uke's wrist, until it is below my center. I had been grabbing it instead of making a blade out of my hand. It was hard to unlearn this. I also learned to drop my hips to really get the uke off balance. The blade of my hand on the Uke wrist was amazing, much much more powerful.
I worked again on Tai no hinko again. There is a lot more to that move, than I ever imagined. I am worried that my brain is going to explode. So many little details.
Then I worked with Victor again. It was amazing. His power, balance, awe me. He walked me through a version of Gykute Dori Ikkyo Oomote that was really cool, it didn't seem to be the sanctioned way of doing it, the arm did not go up, but it was really really effective. We worked a lot on my center, and my turning my body, all as one, using my whole body from the center, not just my hands and arms. If I grabbed Victors wrist too soon, he would turn the move over on me so fast, the room turned grey!
Victor noted that I have lived in my body for a long time, but not been with it. He said that my body and I seem to be having a disagreement. He then smiled, and said that we would get it working together.
I spoke with Sensei about the different styles that there seem to be for doing things. It is a more than one right answer situation. "There is a wide road to good Aikido, not a narrow one."
Amazing, every class is just beyond amazing. How can I relearn everything about each move every class?
Total of things worked on in this class, Gykute Dori Ikkyo Oomote, Tai no Hinko Kihon (Stationary) and Tai no Hinko no nagare (In Motion).
We also did kokyu dosa, and I learned more about the connection my hands as blades, and spirals from the center again.
WOW, two weeks and I am definitely well out of my comfort zone into the beginners turbulence zone.