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It was indeed a very small class last night! Just my mom and I, Amy, and Peter arrived maybe 10 after 6! Peter had a class of all women! It's a great thing that he showed up though otherwise we wouldn't have had a teacher and my mom and I would have had a more difficult time trying to show Amy easy techniques.
Class started and Peter led us in warm-up-stretches, a little bit of bokkens, low forward rolls around the mat, forward rolls from standing (Amy still was working on the low rolls), and backward rolls around the mat from low then standing, & shikko.
For techniques, we practiced the Yokomen strike/entrance and the basic steps/blending mostly for Amy's sake but it's great for us too. Then we formed a line and we did Yokomenuchi Shiho-Nage. My mom and I both had a hard time doing Shiho-nage with Amy because she didn't know what she was supposed to do and kept turning out of it. (At first she could because we were afraid of hurting her arm so we did it too gently on purpose.) That can be frustrating but it's really good practice for us as most people don't know what to do anyway so we're learning that we really have to be able to do it correctly instead of uke just standing there. Peter showed us that the reason why she was able to keep turning out (when we were trying to do it right on her) was because we were letting her wander out too far away instead of being shoulder to shoulder close & tight. I did it two more times on her and was pleased that on the 2nd time, I actually got through the end without her being able to turn around!!
After the Shiho, Peter had us do Yokomenuchi Kotegieshi (sp?) ura (and later omote) which we did in the line again. At the end of class, nage had two attackers (still in the line--not randori) and had to do Shiho on the first uke and Kotegieshi on the second uke and then we did sitting kokkyus and that was it.
When beginners are in the class and they don't know how to turn, step, what to do, etc. it's amazing because I remember being in that same place just a couple of years ago! I've grown so much but I still have a LONG way to go!!!!! It's neat!