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Aiki-Log -- Class #11
Wednesday, September 8, 2004 -- 7:30pm
Test prep again. I worked with someone preparing for their 7th kyu test. They do fairly well, but their lack of concern for some of the details bothers me. Just a pet peeve I guess I'll get over.
NEWBIES ON DECK
We had 4 newbies in class. As we were switching partners I ran to the end to work with a very short (5 foot, maybe) young woman. I'm 6 foot 2 inches and I like to work with people a lot shorter than me because it forces me to get low and I tend to connect better since I'm focused on our differences.
We were working on a relatively simple technique. Uke pushes the chest, shite pivots 45-degrees to the inside, blocks, grabs, does a nikyo (2nd control) bringing uke to their knee, then backs up to stretch uke out face down on the mat, keeping the nikyo, putting uke's elbow down on the mat and applying torque to pin them.
She was trying to muscle it and was having trouble grabbing my big sweaty hands. She was trying to use her strength, unsuccessfully, until I took a moment and explained how the nikyo worked (90/90/90 - degrees, lock by pushing the fingers toward the elbow, then torque to get results). She couldn't believe it worked that easy on me. I said "trust me, I feel exactly what you do". She got a big grin and ended up torquing so well that I did a face plant before she could stretch me out on the mat. I had to have her back off a bit! It was great!
We continued with some other basic techniques. Overall, class was fun, but not very challenging. That gave me a chance to polish some basics. I always need to do that.