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The first was with Kirisawa Sensei and the Kenkyukai folks on thursday. Really good practice, hard, non-stop. The softer stuff is coming more naturally now, but I'm still not relaxed enough, and you can still tell that I don't maintain connection as uke enough when they do stuff I'm not familiar with. A lot of tenkan as opposed to the kaiten they often do, shomenuchi iriminage ura, really waiting for uke to 'lose their hips', katatedori kotegaishi, turning the hand back into the arm instead of the angle I'm used to. The suwari waza shomenuchi ikkyo went very well for me, and the knee only hurt a tiny bit, and not much swelling at all. Because they keep such a good connection as uke, it felt really powerfull on both ura and omote...but I could feel a bad habit of not controlling the elbow creeping in too. Gotta watch that. The jiyu waza went exceptionally well...even when exhausted!
And the liquid bandage stuff works like a charm...someone's toenail cut my little toe, and I bled like crazy...but after putting that stuff on, I didn't even have to bandage my toe for my Saturday 3 1/2 hour session. That was a really good practice. I spent most of the last two classes working with one of the Doshinkan forth dans; learned a heck of a lot. Gotta get in better shape though...my breath control is not where it should be. I did manage to forget some stupid stuff that should be habit by now, but I'll just keep working on it. Yokomenuchi yonkajo osae ichi and ni for tachi waza, awase yokomen for buki waza. I need to work the shuffle back better. This showed up in the #3 kumitachi later that day.
The buki waza is coming along...jo kata # 2 is getting closer and I've had lots of help from almost all the seniors. I've got to get the 3 part kumi tachi down better, especially 1 and 3. 3 I know the movements for, but the timing and placement/distance is all different from how the Homeikan does it, and one or two of the angles are off. 1 is totally new to me...got to get it written down.
Must work on pivoting more in the jiyu waza...and feeling the push/pull from uke sooner. I'm still deciding on specific waza too early...I'll have to get myself really tired, and then get a strong uke to not give me a break so I do what is appropriate, not what is in my mind. I seem to be able to get away with that too much with other groups, but not at the Doshinkan (at least not with the 4th and 3rd dans). Even they say I'm still too tense...this relaxation thing is hard for me. I need some more mat time with Masa...he'll set me straight!
And I think I've found my partner for the hard keiko! Someone I definately can't push around!
If I can improve on this schedule a little bit, I should be ready for the DRAJJ in May. Three days of Kondo Sensei...I hurt already just thinking about it.