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Morning class, worked with Anna on the feel of not making the other person feel anything. It was Really interesting to watch her getting it. We also worked on the degree of Omotee ness that one can use with different people. It is always interesting working with her, and today especially so. Worked on Shiho Nage the entire class. Worked on Making sure that your movements were from center, and that your hands stayed in your center. Then we worked on the two different ways to get into the position where you are behind uke, ready for the "throw". One way is to extend the Ukes center around, so that they are basically always off their center for the whole move, kind of grind their should and elbow along your body and back. The other one is to do a quick pivot, and a little adjustment. It is really great when you get it to work, as it is not anywhere as intrusive, it does seem a harder way of doing it though. I worked on it for the class, and the next class. Thinking about how the energy of the other people flows how the flow of energy of each of you makes a conversation, how to feel the physical conversation, and allow it to take place, yet do good aikido.
Evening Basics class.
My Hakama came!! I washed it, and wore it to the evening basics class. M was on the mat again. We worked on Shiho Nage again, it was good. I got to be crash test dummy for both the tai no henko and for one of the shiho nage demonstrations. It was amazing. Sensei's technique is so fluid, so smooth, so easy. It is wonderful! I could uke for him all day long.
We did rolling practice, it was a lot of fun in the Hakama. Sensei pointed out that I had a new Hakama to the entire class. It was really neat, a bit embarrassing, but it felt good. Everyone noticed right off. Noel helped me get it tied on correctly. Both he and Sensei said that I would have to wear it in a little before it looked less stiff on me. Makes sense, 12 oz cotton duck is a bit stiff. Folding it is a fun thing. I am sure that I will get used to it as I go along.
During the class I managed to get kicked in the head by someone practicing off to the side of M and I. I had a headache after that so decided not to do the second evening class.
Interesting that in this class I ended up being one of the senior people on the mat, and was called over by sensei to make sure that two really new people were with sempies instead of by themselves. It was strange being in that position, I can remember when I was one of the newbies, and sensei was calling others over to work with me because I wasn't supposed to be with other brand new people.