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Currently listening to: Moondance by Nightwish
Current mood: Pumped
Well, had to work last Tuesday, so had to skip class...just a mix up with my manager...she said it won't happen again.
Anyway, today was my first class with my bro and sis there. Josh had a ROTC function out of town. John was absent. A new guy named Chuck came today. He said he had watched the BJJ class and wanted to try aikido. He does cheerleading, and it was amazing to see him watch sensei do something once and he'd have it down in mind, if not body.
He was really good at balancing, too. He did a bit of a sloppy irimi nage, but, hey, who doesn't on their first try? :] I still bungle mine every other try, it seems.
My rolls are now to the point where they're a fun, not fearful experience. Warmed up doing some rolls before we started...did some faster ones and then did a few lame breakfalls. After class I did some more after working on irimi nage with sis some more.
When I did irimi nage with my brother (sensei had me working with him and sis) he kept trying to do a jujitsu style leg sweep, so after pointing that out didn't work, I held on to his gi the next time to show him he wasn't ballanced... Okay, so that wasn't the nicest way to explain it (pulling him over), but it worked...he slid past me the next time.
Phew, sensei does a sweet irimi nage..."alright, Jonathan, your turn for a roller coaster ride," to be exact...when we were showing Chuck. "More control, Jonathan," was the next thing out of his mouth, as I sloppily took the fall...wasn't really ready for it, but I got it the next time.
At the end of class I did (what's the name? The suwariwaza where you just go up and tip them over? Anyway...hmm, I need a book on this stuff...) I was with Chuck and I showed him "my variant" after showing him a few times the "right" way to do it...("my variant" being actually "John's variant" where instead of holding the arm on the ground, you end with the elbow on your knee, so you can push down).
So, I was showing him, and he kept coming up up on both feet...so after letting him try that, we did it again and I pulled him over me and got away...I think I came on a little too soon, because sensei put me back with sis...but, maybe he just wanted to show him, since I've already shown sis how to do it at home.
Hmm, quite a type-up I've got there...well, I guess the journal entry has some ratio with the quality of class? Whatever... :]