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Worked with Rick on Suwuri Waza, sankyo, and yonkyo. Then I worked on Shoman uchi kote gaeshi. I worked with Niki on it, she showed me a quite a bit: 1> I don't need to hurry at all just keep turning to keep the uke where I want them, where I am at there back, they have to go in a wide circle to get around me. I just need to keep pivoting. 2> Dong grab the ukes hand, grab their arm and slide to their hand. 3> Third point focus on using the kote gaishi part of the technique to take uke's balance. This means the wrist lock is secondary to the use of the wrist to control the ukes center. We worked on my doing it with my eyes closed. It was pretty cool! As Niki said; "You don't need to see me, I am on the end of my arm!"
After class I spoke with Rick about taking my 3rd Kyu test this round. He said that he though I was close and could probably do it, and recommended that we work on it for two more weeks and see what we though then.
Sensei, Rick, and I stuck around after class for a while and talked. There were a lot of conversations, attitude, abilities, bell curves, division and style differences, and more that I can't recall. It was really wonderful and I sucked up more knowledge about how the Aikido world works.
Another awesome class with lots and lots of learning going on for me. Some teaching with new people too. Perhaps teaching new people when I have so much to learn myself is my biggest challenge in aikido right now. I like to be an expert in the areas I teach in before I start teaching them. I feel a little out of my comfort zone teaching at the point my learning curve that I am at right now.
So much of my outlook on life has changed since starting Aikido, so much feels better, easier and more balanced. I can feel myself working on emotional issues which I cannot place into words yet. It has been a most excellent three days lately!