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I felt very clumsy being nage yesterday, not sure why. I think partly I'm not extending enough sometimes so I fail to take uke's balance. And I practiced with two ukes, blue belts, who were very honest in their uke so it meant I couldn't move them unless I was doing it right which at times I wasn't. The "back" version of ikkyo, I didn't bring uke's hand down far enough when she reaches to grab my shoulder. I brought it only down to the waist level when it should go further down as I tenkan before I turn back towards her. And in the intermediate class, it's a kokyu ho movement in which I tenkan first and lead uke's attacking hand down then up over her head to overbalance her as she spins around, and I somehow wasn't leading it up over her head far enough so that she just kind of wiggled out from under it instead of toppling over. I felt very silly doing that. I also realised it's a hard move to do if you're not very tall like me although on this uke I should still have been able to execute it as she's not much taller than me.
My ukemi though is getting more normal back to what it was before the ankle injury. My ankle had been stressed over the weekend from swimming and lots of walking the previous week and felt sore but somehow during monday's practice it felt a whole lot better and by Wednesday it's very close to normal. The odd thing was that I couldn't quite remember how to do backward rolls on the left side! And I figure it's something if I don' think too m
Friday's classes are getting interesting under this relatively new teacher.
kokyu: learnt it crosshanded this time where the hand that crosses can touch the face of the uke then both hands circle in opposite directions in large circles. I'm so used to doing this with just one hand that it was hard to adjust. Kept making only half circles with the otherhand.
ikkyo reversal: if there's a break in the nage's ikkyo and the uke tried to reverse into an ikkyo, we were supposed to then move their elbow downwards and move in the same direction the uke is moving but controlling and pinning their elbow so that they're still under control. I found it difficult to tell if i was really pinning the uke or not. Still think I haven't really figured out how to do this move properly but it was an interesting one.
we also practised leading a lot more. Moving the hand just ahead of uke so that they have to stretch and then of course overbalance and nage then takes their balance.
partnered a very sweet tall young girl who's a white belt and fortunately very gentle. My ankle still cannot take too much of a beating but is steadily getting better. Now if I fall on the right side backwards it's less painful and can take a small amount of weight whereas before I wd just avoid letting it touch the ground first which make my back right falls very weird. My seiza was very stiff at first then as the ankle warmed up it got a lot easier halfway through class. Am still staying only
My ankle feels the same as it did on Monday at beginner's class. We did ikkyo to gokyo and then 5 throws. I had no problems with ukemi for the pins but had problems again with backfalling properly on my right ankle. It's still slightly inflammed and cannot take the impact yet. I also discovered that in a forward fall I have to roll in such a way I don't come up on the right ankle too hard. The first time I went into the roll I did it as per normal then realised oops, I shouldn't have. Fortunately the forward rolls I can adjust to avoid too much strain on the ankle.
I partnered a 16 year old brown belt. She turned out to be the daughter of the shodan guy practicing behind me whom I've always thought was very good...just as well I was being careful and gentle with her . I think my sankyo and yonkyu still are bad though so she probably learned the wrong things from me!
I guess I'll stick to beginner's classes for now until I can take backfalls on the right without any pain or fear of injury. The good thing is this morning then ankle feels fine and better than before so I figure the streching and use during practise helped rather than hindered. Still hate sitting in seiza though especially at the start of class when the ligaments and muscles haven't warmed up sufficiently and I'm leaning to one side more than usual to take the weight off the ankle.
Yesterday's beginner's class was my first lesson after my badly sprained ankle had time to heal. It was great being back on the mat. I've recovered enough to be able to do shikko and sit very slightly lopsided in seiza. I hope no one noticed I was tipping slightly like the leaning tower of pisa to the left to take the weight a little off the injured ankle. As the muscles and tissue around the area warmed up during class it got more flexible though so sitting more evenly on both ankles was easier.
I wore an ankle guard and partnered a friend of mine who had taken two months off after an operation she had. So the two of us went real slow and easy on the moves. She couldn't stretch the stomach area much so I didn't bring her down to the mat for most of the moves and she went real slow whenever I had to fall on the right side. Our Sensei kept coming around to make sure we weren't going to fast or anything and also told us to put our brown belts back on since we hadn't been gone that long. She'd been gone 2 months and me a month. Both of us had our white belts on under our hakamas.
I think the only thing I really can't do yet is a backfall on the right side as that means the injured side of the ankle hits the mat first. It's too much impact as the ankle is still slightly swollen.
I've decided I'll stick to beginner's classes though until I can do the backfall properly. It's also nice just seeing the usual folk there and catching up with people and Sensei
I'm on my feet again! It makes a big change from being flat on my back with my foot up or hopping around on crutches. I've been duly doing flexibility and strength exercises and noticed my calf muscles on the right side are now more flabby than the left side which has had loads of exercise these days to compensate. So my right side has lots of catching up to do.
I'm concentrating on just being able to walk normally again. I figure it'll take 1-2 weeks to build to that as I usually walk 25 mins from the train station to my office and in the evenings sometimes walk for half an hour to catch a bus. And maybe go back to swimming for exercise after all I now have stronger arms from the hobbling around on crutches and hauling myself upstairs!
I still can't squat or walk down a flight of stairs normally and have to concentrate to ensure my gait is reasonably near normal. But yep, am getting back to normal life bit by bit and it feels good. I go back to work tomorrow and fortunately it's desk bound so it shouldn't be too tiring.
No bones broken as far as the x ray shows, according to my doctor. She sent them to a radiologist for a second opinion but as long as I don't get a call back it means things are fine.
However the ankle is hurting more these few days than the few days immediately after the sprain. The doctor tells me it's because I was trying to put weight on it and hobble around the house. So now I have strict orders to not put *any* weight on it for a week. The side is tender to the touch so well, ouch and so much for early mobilisation. Looks like I'm really going to be off the mat for a considerable period.
Terry: thank you for your suggestion. I sent a PM to thank you but am not sure it got through so this is in case you didn't see that.
I attended two classes of aikido last night and had a great time. Then while leaving the dojo, I tripped over stairs and sprained or fractured my ankle or pulled my ligament. I can't tell which. I am so annoyed with myself. It's going to be at least several weeks and possibly months if it's more serious so I'm just thinking of all the classes I'm going to have to miss.
will go to get a second doctor's opinion later today. and if that doctor orders an x ray then I'll do one to see if it's a chip fracture or not. I really hope it's not as I'm the sort who hates not having any physical activity.
I was doing a technique which i think is often used in jiyuwaza yesterday although I can't remember the precise name of the technique (need to go look it up) and while I could do it fluidly and easily before, I found I couldn't do it anymore. Only after class while thinking about it I realised my mistake was that I was trying to be circular when it was a simple linear movement where I just shift offline to get out of the way and only the front leg actually leaves the ground to move back and the other foot is the pivot and stays put.
There was a new move also in the beginners class he taught which was very neat, simple and effective for bringing someone down and involved simply stepping back and only slightly to the side and so that the uke falls flat on their face as nage puts their hand on uke's attacking forearm. Still don't know how to do it though despite a very patient dan grade person trying to teach me during class.
11 people graded for shodan recently so I looked around the dojo during the intermediate class and half the class was shodan and above. As for me on the kyu side of things, it's just inspiring to be in a class where I'm overwhelmed with the number of seniors.