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Went to both evening classes worked on Tai Sabaki in the basics class. Which I still feel a little weak in. It seems the one technique that really requires some flow from the Uke, maybe that is because there is not enough flow from me the Nage! Nah can't be.
Second evening class:
Variations on techniques from yokoman. Shiho Nage, Ikkyo, Irimi Nage, Kokyu Ho, and others all flowing one from the other as if there were blocks and changes in the uke as you were going through the original technique. It was great, but felt a little over my head sometimes.
One of the best things was getting out of my own head for a couple of hours.
Went to morning class but was running late and forgot my gi. Got in the way of my own energy and headed home instead of staying a watching at least! A couple of smaller items are occurring in life that add a little stress at the moment. My patience is being tested, and probably contributed to this. I need to take a lesson from this though and relax and use it as a learning exercise to make sure that I look at all the options instead of the one that I have chosen before the situation starts. There is definitely an Aikido lesson in here!
Weapons Class, worked on the paired 13 count Kata practice, and then we did it in a circle it was great, I can't say that we were choreographed in our movements, but it was interesting to see what it was like to try and establish connection with 3 other people all at the same time. Watching Sensei do it and feeling myself do it were worlds apart. The class was a blast though, and my weapons work seems to be getting a little better.
Kongaiko or special winter training! Wow getting up at 5:00 am to train all week was a lot of work. I made it to most of the other Aikido Classes as well, but not all of them Worked on Weapons each class, and also worked on some techniques from different perspectives. Sensei made the morning classes not too physically demanding and let them wrap up slowly. It was great, and I am still amazed that M and I made all 5 of the early classes.
Basics class. Worked on base, for Tai No Henko, this time Sensei called me up for the demonstration, I was the Uke for Irimi Nage, and I got to knock him over when he did not have a good base. Then he demonstrated Irmi Nage on me with a good base. It is amazing that you fall over the way you do when he is Nage. I also was the uke for Tai No Henko with him, and I was instructed to push back against his center. I pushed for all that I was worth, and I swear that he did not move even one sixteenth of an inch.
I was told that I was doing well in this respect when I was working with Linda. The issue is that I can get a good base when I am actively thinking about it, but that it is not as good when I am working on the details of another part of the technique. Each part of my techniques are still all parts of techniques put together, one always the focus and stronger than the others. I am beginning to see that there is more to all this than the parts. The practice needs to be holistic. How to get there is beyond me at this point though. Each part is still separate, still loosely connected by my thinking about them. More practice more time is the only thing that I can imagine to integrate the art in me.
During this class we only worked on the hand position of Sankyo. It was great to break the technique down and to see an improvement in understanding in one area of it, to see where some of my mistakes were, and to practice doing the hand part of the tec
Worked on Sankyo. This is a great technique, and one that seems the most difficult for me to get a grasp on while maintaining compassion. Little pieces that Sensei has given me here and there most often fail to stick even after the x+1 time that he has given them to me. Working with new people on this technique is really fun, they will get it right, and I do the famous Sankyo back up on tip toes. They always look at me and say "You are just doing that for me aren't you." They never believe me when I tell them that they are the ones in control, and that I am doing it because I have to. They always look at you like you are trying to put one over on them.
Technical things for the technique: Keep your arms in a triangle with your elbows down, rotate from your center, do not rotate your wrists. Remember that in Sankyo you are the center of the universe and that the uke revolves around you! not you around them, or you around each other. Make sure that the ukes hand is under their elbow, which is in line with their shoulder. Line that up with where the seam on side of the Gi would be. Lift slightly it feels like you are balancing the uke on their wrist. When you are going for the pin, sweep your hand down and out. ( This Aikido stuff sure is hard to write about isn't it?).
One of the things that comes with this technique is a strange feeling because it is so easy to control the ukes movements when done correctly. The focus somehow shifts from the pin
First training in the new year for me. My body is was still in the wrong time zone and since I was up at 0530 I figured that I would head over to the dojo and see if it was open. I got there an hour before class, and was able to get in some solo weapons time, and some time with Candice on weapons work, and some tai Jitsu time with Julia. This was great!!!! Class started, and I had already been on the mat a better part of an hour actually working on Aikido.
Still in class I could tell that I have been off the mat for 11 days. Felt like I didn't know anything. Worked on Ikkyo and Nikkyo from Shoman. It was good to be working on something that felt in some ways basic. It wasn't the best training that I had ever had in the world, but it was a concentrated, effort, working on getting back into the swing of things. Sensei came over at one point and helped me with the understanding of the different ways to set up the uke for either ura or omotee. It was really amazing watching and feeling it. Several times he came over and helped me or my partner during the class, I got to take some Ukemi from him which was wonderful. His connection to you is amazing. When he was talking about matching the energy of the uke and moving with the Uke it was like he was part of me, I would move and he was right there with exactly the same pressure, the same energy that he had in the first contact.
Important points to note in the technical end of this. That if you want the Uke to step backwa