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We worked more on Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage (Both Wrist Grab, Heaven and Earth Throw). It was good, we did it with both the two step, and the single big step in again, like Tai No Henko. We have spent a lot of time on this technique. (I more so because I have been in two classes a day when possible. Something that most people do not seem to do.) It still plum evades me sometimes. It seems like it should be getting better after all these practices, but I am not sure. My feet seem to be my biggest problems. I stop and think about them all the time. If I don't they seem to stay in one place, stuck to the mat, and everything goes awry.
I started Aikido on the 15th of January, meaning I have been at this only 11 actual training days. Feels more like three years, in a good way. There is a lot to learn. Watching some of the Yudansha I can see that they are still learning a lot!
In Kokyu Dosa I was paired with a new partner that did some kind of a spiral thing that was amazing….Still didn't get how that worked, and have never seen it before!
One interesting thing that happened in the morning class was that Sensei was showing us the similarities between Royte Dori Tenchi Nage, and Shomen Uchi Irimi Nage (Strike to the head with open bladed hand, Entering Throw.) I has seen a debate on the web about what to grab when doing this. Some felt the neck, some the head, others the gi. Sensei showed us with the gi grab. I worked with one of the Yudansha that learned at another Dojo he grabbed my neck. Sensei came over and corrected him to my gi. After class I asked sensei about it, and he explained that there was four ways of doing the move. He like the gi grab because it was the least likely to increase psychological energy, and resistance the energy in the uke. He then said let me show you and grabbed my neck. Holy cow, even knowing that he was going to do it, my body kicked into high gear, and I felt a little adrenal dump. Then he said now feel this, and grabbed my gi, no real response. Then as we were talking about it, he did a full head grab on me, which I was not expecting, which was even more energy than the neck grab. This amazed me…There is differing energy levels in the nuances in the moves of Aikido. I asked Sensei if he actively thought about this, and what he was going to teach. He looked at me like I was being silly, and said of course, and that he had not learned the gi grab technique as the first way, but that he thought it the best place to start people learning. Later they would be exposed to the others. Picking the right one in a "defensive" situation depended on what you felt at the time. They were not so different that if you learned one, you couldn't use the others. WOW I can't think about my feet and do the technique correctly, and sensei is thinking about the energy level of the UKE!!!!!