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Today's class started with Morote Dori Kokyu Ho. I think I do not slide far enough while doing it. The rest of the class we did 31 jo kata. From 1 to 12, then 12-17, then 17-22 and 22-29, then 22-31. Then we did the whole kata. I still lose it somewhere at 14 or 15. I'll try to find the moves somewhere on the internet. I'll ask for it in the forums!
Thursday class was as usual - brown/black belts were having fun with sensei, I was having fun by myself on my own
I did forward rolls. It seems after some point instead of improving it, it's actually goes down. I don't get the right feel and I have no idea how to do that right. Now after several month of explorations I can spot more that 50 details and how to do that, but collecting the right ones into the right sequence is really difficult. This already happened once with me. Technique is constructed, and you think you have got it, then adiitional detail and it's ruined and you have to build it again with a higher level of understanding. Oh well, I'm trying so I'll get it one day.
I did sitfalls as my sensei showed me last time and it seems to be easier. I'm really happy I asked him the other day about this.
Then to have some rest I did knee walking, then stepping to a side and keeping body and knot facing forward. The second part of the class I was doing boken cuts. Sensei came to me once and corrected the way I'm raising the sword. When Bringing it up, do not bring it too down since on the real sword there is tsuka which will hit your head. Stick it up. When cutting do not move the left hand after it reached your center.
That was it.
Today's class was fun. After missing yesterday's class that was nice to be there again. We started with Kokyu Doza and sensei again pointed out that my hands do not face each other when I rise them. I have to be able to clap at that point. I'm trying.
Then we did 31 Jo kata from the beginning until the end! It's the fist time I do it knowing what I'm doing (The real first time when I was just repeating after everybody was during seminar at Reno). I like working with jo, it feels natural.
Then we ded yonkyo from kneeling position. Not much here, I'm still uncertain of how to do that.
Then we did Shomenuchi Shihonage Omote. That was fun especially because one of my partners was Lucy. She is very detail oriented and I like that. After that we did then the same beginning, but instead of Shihonage we finish with Kotegaeshi.
That was it! I'm still uncertain why it was so fun... Maybe bacause I missed yesterday training and today's training brought me the satisfaction? You know, when you have something, you do not even notice it, when you lose it and then get it back, you start appresiating it. Yes, I guess that's it.
Today's practice started with Kokyu Doza (pretty strange start). Then we did one technique with yonkyo. The rest of the class was spent doing Kaite Nage Uchi Mavari (if I remember the name correctly). First we did it starting with Katate Dori. Then the same thing from kneeling position. After that we did the same technique from standing position starting with tsuki, then with yokumen. When doing it against tsuki, you just step to the side (outside), slide your hand from the bottom, grab it, step and atemi (like ikkyo), move under the hand, cut the head down and step accross. Important thing to remember is to keep partner down with both hands (keeping his head down and pressing his hand with other hand also). Steps should be small and keep yourself close to the partner. After moving under the hand, keep it down all the time. With yokument attack I was keeping myself from going into shihonage. It's hard to stop yourelf in the middle of the circular movement and start moving in the opposite direction.
It is a complicated technique and we haven't done it for at least a month. Considering that I think I did well.
On Saturday I came on time. O'Quinn sensei was the only person in dojo. Saturday morning half an hour ukemi class is not very popular I guess... Anyway that was my chance to learn sit falls from my teacher and I asked for it. Sensei does it so easily! Not that I've got it, but I can describe it. Sensei brings his front foot back and a little bit crossed (as a very tight hanmi), drops his back knee, but does not fall on it. That looks like he just sits on the floor and the rest is usual - he rolls on the side. Coming back is the reverse, no hands touching the ground, but here he first goes on his knee, then the back foot steps on the toes and steps back into hanmi. All the way you are looking at the attacker (in front).
While we were practicing Bill Witt sensei came and started his warmups. There were Witt sensei, O'Quinn sensei and me in the dojo and I was feeling very energetic being one-on-one with two great masters.
Then Witt sensei taught his class during which I've got one more detail on ikkyo. When you step on a side and the hand delivering atemi goes for grab, it's very important to slide it over partner's hand because that bends his elbow and breaks his balance even more! Such a small thing does such a big job! We also did taio hanko, morote dori kokyu ho, some other techniques which I can't really describe correctly. Bill Witt has a lot of techniques in his mind
Then there was weapon training and we did 31 jo kata from 1 to 21. THe phase was a little too fas
Haven't been writing anything since it was mostly usual trainings. A lot of sankyo. Today finally I've got the foot work.
Also we did jo kata up to 12. I asked sensei about footwork, but he asked not to concentrate on that right now and promised to cover that when we do partner practice with jo.
Tomorrow I'm going to ask sensei to teach backfalls and backrolls during ukemi class. It seems to be problem not only for me.
On Wednesday class was taught by Mike and we did mostly sankyo and the same from suwari waza. Thursday was brown/black belt, so I was doing my usual rolls and boken cuts on a side. I also added stepping to a side from the line and concentrating on the direction of my body. Sensei obviously likes and supports the idea of practicing every day.
Today was jo kata and sankyo. I found to not being able to concentrate properly today for some reason and I think sensei noticed that. Can't explain the reason of this. Maybe I'm just a little tired. Will rest on Sunday and for now I should preserve some energy for Saturday class with Witt sensei.
Nasty weather! Cold, rainy, windy...
When I came and finished putting on my dress (as sensei called my hakama today) guys finished kokyu ho. As soon as I stepped on the mats sensei asked to get our weapons. We worked in 31 jo kata from 1 to 12. I did not realize that 10 is attack to the wrist. I always thought it's a block...
THe resto f the class was Sankyo from different attacks - first shomenuchi. We did omote and ura. I almost forgot the footwork Then we changed attack to ushiro riote dori and finally shomen attack when nage slide, delivers atemi, grabs attacker's other wrist (not the attacking one), pivots and holds in sankyo. Here I have to remember as in shihonage not to hold uke's hand too high over my head.
Well, that's it for today.
Today we did a lot of suwari waza. Started with taino hanko and then moved to ikkyo - sankyo from knealing position. Sensei was demonstrating it using me as his uke and that was painful. I knew he should demonstrate some nuances, but man that was hard. I had to tap several times during the pin
After that there were shihonage from knealing position (only omote). Here the difficulty was to step at a wide angle while on your knees. Then the same technique, but you stand while performing it and here we did both omote and ura.
While we were working on that last one with Mike, sensei asked Mike to be uke while he tries some technique. That was a very strange one. I've never seen something like that and can't even describe what that was. Sensei was in knealing position, Mike was holding his hand in katate dori, then sensei's other hand covered Mike's hand. After that sensei moved his hands over his head and around his body from behind (like moving a flag in circle over you head) with no effort and Mike suddenly started moving after his hand with his face expressing severe pain. That was very sudden and unusual for me and probably for Mike also. Seing my round eyes sensei smiled and did the same technique with me. The same result. I felt very severe pain in the whole hand up to the shoulder and if I were not moving after it my wrist would probably break. Sensei just said this should be added to shodan test. I can't explain the technique since it was very sudden and I'm sure I
On Saturday I came a little late to ukemi class. Jim came that day a little later and helped me with my hakama. We did forward rolls and sensei noticed some problems with my rolling. I should look backwards as soon as I start the roll. Always. And secondly, I should place my hand at 45 degrees to the direction I roll. So even after so many rolls I still have a place to improve them. I guess the prfect one does not exist Then we did rolls with a partner. You hold in katate dori, he steps as taino hanko, steps through and throws. Jim showed me the direction to move. To step through I should not turn 180 degrees as in taino hanko, but smth like 135. While being uke sensei emphasized the importance of looking at your partned while being throws. That protects you head from bumping directly to the mat.
Then the main class started. Bill Witt sensei was teaching and my partner was Stacy. She helped me with morote dori kokyu ho and her corrections made me feel the technique. I still have difficulty of understanding how to reproduce that, but I least I felt it couple times. She showed me the axis of the turn which goes through a point between the wrist and elbow very close to elbow. We also did shihonage from yakute dori, which was very unusual to me. We haven't done that for a long time. Then iriminage. I have troubles with techniques involving the whole body for throw (kokyu ho, iriminage) I don't "feel" them and feel uncomfortable doing them. Will practice them more.
Yesterday I've finally received my hakama... after about a month, which is actuallt better than usual as I was told. As sensei mentioned, politicians argue about weakened economy and Bujin does not have enaugh time to keep up with their orders
Mike helped me to put it on and it was not so terrible. Moving in it was surprisingly easy except sitting and standing from seiza, but that's ok. No injuries. Though I caught Lucy with my hakama while taking ukemi That's a hiddent weapon!
First we did a mixed technique. Start from katate dori, then hands move as taino hanko, but instead of stepping just slide, turn your hips and kokyu ho. That helps to feel the connection with uke. Then we did morote dori kokyu ho. I'm don't feel confortable with all these techniques. I can't find the correct position for the throw. Well, with time I'll figure that out. At least today I understood how sensei does his huge slides! He moves forward foot first! Such an enlightmen! Oh man, I was so blind to not see it and try to slide with one step!
After that we did shomenuch iriminage, then yokumenuchi iriminage. Sensei emphasized the position before throw. Shoulders, face and knot (hips) should face the same direction as uke. Then move across and throw. I'm trying, but I'm still uncomfortable with these techniques.
Then we did 5th boken suburi. Here I have to remember to open my fist while raising the boken in the left stance. I think I did well with boken. I'm sure sensei was watching us very