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Two hours of weapons work with Noel in the park. Worked on the Boken Suburi and some paired boken work. It was very interesting. We also did one of the Kumi Jos for a while. Noel worked with me on some of the issues that I have moving from center, and how to keep more centered and lead from center. We also worked on how to communicate with reluctant Ukes, and what kinds and forms that communication should take to make them the most comfortable, and to have them learn the most. There certainly is a lot to this being a sempei! At the same time I know that people did the same things with me as I was coming up the ranks, especially Rick.
The work on weapons was great, I still feel like a complete idjut when it comes to them though. I understand a little of it, but I don't feel it per se, other than when my shoulders come up as I strike!
I need to keep working on it, and eventually I am sure that something will click, or someone will bop me on the head in frustration at my lack of getting it!
I missed weapons practice again this week. I have to work on making them more. I think that one of my issues is that I can see progress in my Tai Jitsu, but not in my weapons work. This is frustrating, and instead of working harder on my weapons work by doing Katas outside of class or the like I tend to neglect the whole area. I have to change this pattern and start working on them myself on time available to me outside of the time that I have available in class time. Especially since I have a new Boken as a Christmas present from M.
I am going to try and set up a schedule with Noel to practice at a set time each week outside of class in a park or something.
With Christmas parties that have mandatory attendance, and a nasty cold, my Aikido training seems to have been thrown off. This is frustrating, but seems to be part of the ways of life.
Today I managed to get three classes in.
In the morning class we worked on ikkyo through Yonkyu from Shiho Nage, then focused on one of the techniques (we each chose what we needed to work on), and worked on it for a while. I was working on Ikkyo. Do you ever actually learn that technique?
I worked with a couple of people that were really hard to work with on Ikkyo. It was interesting to be able to understand some of the factors that made them harder to work with than others, but frusterating to not be able to solve those problems myself as Nage. Sensie came over a few times and we spoke about what was the issues here and
Three class Day!
Worked on Myrote Dori Kokyu Ho in the morning class. Focused on getting the hand change correct, and spiraling in and then out.
In the evening basics class worked on Ryote Dori Tenchi Nage. This was good practice. Worked with M on this. It was the first technique that she did when she got to the dojo. Was a lot of fun. There is always more that you can learn and do on every technique.
Third class back to Myrote Dori Kokyu Ho. It was great, worked with a lot of the yudansha on this technique. It is one of my favorites. At the end of class we split into groups and worked on Jui Waza. This takes a whole lot of energy! Wow, did about 15 minutes of it with various partners. Last partner was Krista, and by that time we were both going really slow.
I couldn't get to Irimi Nage fron anything, it was frustrating! Again it seemed that Kote Gashei was the primary thing that came out.
Morning Class, worked with Rick, Julia, Anna, and others. Myrote Dori Kokyu Ho. It was great, this is one of my favorite techniques to play with. More hips, and don't drop your hand. Feeling a little under the weather with a cold, so decided not to go to evening classes.
Worked again on Nikkyo, first on the form that we were using, and then we went to a shorter form that had more flow, but still retained the basic elements of the long form. It was really great, and I could see that my Nikkyo has changed some in the week that we have been working on it. Then Sensei taught us some of the really short for Mikkyo, that involved Uke grabbing you and you instantly Applying Nikkyo, largely by holding the fingers of the hand they have grabbed you with on their wrist, and then doing a nikkyo on their wrist with either your hand or your wrist. This was pretty cool stuff.
Worked a lot with M, and some with Noel, and Kokyu Dosa with Peter, who pointed out that I am now his sempie, instead of the other way around. That felt weird!
We stood around talking Noel Sensei, I am Melissa for over an hour at the end of class.
Worked on Nikkyo and the cutting down bit. Sensei explained it more, demonstrated it more and the like. We ended up with a group of three, and he came over took me aside and worked with just me for about 15 minutes on Nikkyo. It was really neat, and about as long as I could do a private lesson, my whole brain got filled up with just the details that he was showing me. The part that sticks most is that I have to work on the angle of Ukes wrist, not pushing down. And that there is actually a little draw toward you that makes it even more effective. Imagine that you are trying to stay where you are in space, and close the gap between the edge of Ukes hand, and your shoulder, (Classical positioning assumed). One of the openings is that if Uke ends up above you they have the force to use their arm as a whole and negate the nikkyo. The best thing to do is to take them as low as possible and then back up, so that you are going up quicker than they are they come up and nikkyo themselves. So the order would look like this if I can write it. You receive the left hommi shoman strike and blend with it, cutting down with your right hand on their left hand blade, where it meets the wrist. Then you grab their wrist with your left hand, and stabilize it as you continue to cut all the way to the mat. At the bottom you allow the position of your hand to rotate with respect to theirs so that you now are grasping their left hand in your right hand thumbs together, hopef
Weapons class. Worked on the paired 13 count kata. It was good, although I still feel really weak in weapons. More work with Noel is necessary!!!! Need to make the moves more fluid and relax, at the same time making them more precise!!! Egads!!!!
Evening Basics Class
Worked more on the ideas of ikkyo cutting deep and making the hand change at the bottom effortlessly. It was good. I was the crash test dummy for kokyu dosa at the end of class.
Evening Second Class
Warmed up, worked a little with Tai No Henko, and then ran the video camera for Eisa's test. It was a good test, she has an excellent Irimi Nage! It went well, and I am sure that she passed, even though M was not feeling well and we had to leave before the end of the second class.
Good class. Worked on Nikkyo, emphasizing the cut down. Sensei spoke and demonstrated that the cut down is most important, as this is one of the biggest openings in the technique. Uke can get under the Nikkyo, and then use the lower position to take Nages balance. So we worked on it a lot. One of the things that we learned is that if you go low enough the had change takes care of itself. It was a great class! I was crash test dummy for a bit at the end when sensei was demonstrating how to deal with people that have non-articulating wrists! Wow I didn't even know that I did!
In circle I brought up an issue that I am having in doing some metal Aikido off the mat with something that is happening in my life.
After class worked a little with Niki and with Krista on Myrote Dori Kokyu ho and the new information that we have on that. Kind of spreading it out in the dojo so that more people have it, and understand what is supposed to be happening when Ukeing for that technique.
I then fixed the xmass lights that are in the windows at the Dojo. It took longer than I thought it should because the problem was with a socket, not with a bulb!
Lunch with Krista and M. Krista took over from where I left off talking about the failure of my mental Aikido off the mat in a particular situation, and expanded on it during lunch. It was great, gave me some wonderful insights into why it is working like it is.
Arrived early and played a little with Rick to warm up, and make sure that I was on the game so to speak! Then watched 3 other tests. The test was strange this time, it was again like there was no one there, just Rick and I. Sensei's disembodied voice calling techniques from the sidelines. I focused on what I was supposed to be doing. Several times throughout the test Rick and I were smiling at one another. He really likes my Tsuki Irimi Nage Direct entry! It was a good one too! Only mistake I made (Note that these are different than omissions due to level! J ) was doing Nikkyo Ura first and Nikkyo Omote second! Swuri Waza went well! I didn't even trip over my HAKAMA!!!! I was really worried about that as I had a training night on Thursday that all I did was pin myself to the mat with the darn thing in Swuri waza!
After the test was over M and I headed out to lunch and then back to the Dojo for a celebration of the dojos being open 16 years, and sensei practicing the art for 30 years. It was a good party. I was worried about it because I was one of the two organizers! It went really well though, and everyone seemed to have fun. I would guess that there were about 60 people maybe more there. There was plenty of food (Lots of left over!)
Came home tired and feeling good about it all! What a good day! 3rd Kyu!!!
After the test a number of people came up and told me how short a period I have taken to get 3rd Kyu in. This kind of amazed me. A lot of my S