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Keiko Saturday was extremely gratifying on multiple levels. I've had some strange health concerns lately which sent me to the ER one day. The EKG gave a reading which suggested my heart might have left ventricular hypertrophy, so I've been spending the last while worried about whether or not I have heart problems. An echo cardiogram showed the heart itself to be in normal health. This keiko was the first I've been able to attend where I wasn't afraid of overdoing it. So I had a feeling of freedom and fearlessness that I had been sorely missing. I also had the added sense of seriousness that I've been experiencing. The health scare, while still a mystery, has reinforced and clarified some of the mroe important things in my life.
So approaching the study of the form of waza and the principles which go into making it/them organic felt incredible. The sweat pouring off me was exquisite, and my heart was full while my mind felt focused and sharp. I savoured the demand for breath as my chest expanded and settled as I tried to relax everything around, and according to, my center.
Weapons work was on jo waza, then we did a kind of sumo-ish floating exercise from seiza, where we try to directly float uke's hara without pushing into it. The angle and attitude of the hands and wrists, and their affect on the upper chest and shoulders was something I tried to pay special attention to. Afterward, we worked on ryote dori tenchi nage omote as the form. So much was said and I cannot remember most of it, but one point which stuck out to me was the idea that the ki/technique happens before de-ai so that when aite has made contact it's essentially already happened. I had a hard time getting out of my mind instead of simply feeling and moving, which was another theme.
It was a pleasure to train with the group we had there. I enjoy training with everyone, truly, but I enjoyed the individual personalities and perspectives I got to play with yesterday. I got to train with people I missed training with the last few times. All in all, a wonderful revisiting of the