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The focus in class, was not so much the techniques, but the importance of having an open mind.
When someone reaches out to grab, how do you know they are going to grab, what if they kick, punch, elbow, or bite....Let's be honest with ourselves.
When you are learning the techniques, most of the time, you maybe moving in a way that would not be beneficial if the attack was something else. But you're learning to make the moves. You are focusing on the steps and what is "supposed" to happen to Uke, the one attacking.
It's OK to do this, but always, always, keep in your mind the fact that your uke, attacker, could be doing anything. He could be kicking you, punching you, elbowing you, head butting you, even a bite is pretty effective. (I have a friend that went to the Vietnam war, he told me a personal story of his...one of his Vietnamese friends saved his life by biting and tearing out the throat of the man that was standing behind him about to kill him)
I would call this, Keeping you Mind Open. In the long run, when you start to get better at the techniques, you will truley excell if you always keep this in you mind.
On Saturday night, my wife and I were invited to the house of the General Consulate of Japan to experience a private concert by Shonosuke Okura, Noh Drummer, http://www.hiten-jp.com. I only write about it, because I was thoroughy impressed with his speech and with his music.
The principles of which he uses for the Noh Drum are very similar to the principles of Aikido. His stance, posture, and gaze was also identical to the way we train in Aikido.
His idea's of pursuing the drum for peace are the same as Morihei Ueshiba's ideas of pursuing peace through Aikido.
Another wonderful class in the cold weather. Last night we actually got the chance to open up all the doors and "cool" the place down just a bit more. And I can't believe that not one person complained about their toes going numb.
Today we covered the following techniques:
Shomen-uchi Ikkyo Omote
Shomen-uchi Ikkyo Ura
Shomen-uchi Nikyo Ura
Kata-dori Nikyo Omote
Bokuto - Nikyo
Very fast and powerful class. Being able to express Aikido is very important part of learning.
We focused a lot on Kokyu and using your body, lowering your center to perform techniques. This is probably why people sometimes think that the shorter you are the better your Aikido is. I tend to disagree. Learn to lower yourself, bend your knees and it doesn't really matter how tall you are, nor your uke.