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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 11:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
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Entries for the Month of October 2010

In Humor A New Technique to add to the Wiki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #264 New 10-28-2010 06:04 PM
Category: Immobilizations (principles)

Name: Wrongkyo


A widely practiced (though not formally recognized) technique that usually immobilizes nage instead of uke, mentally instead of physically.

Can be performed from any attack and at any given moment; Wrongkyo occurs when nage instinctively responds with a technique other than the one they were actually directed to practice/originally demonstrated by Sensei.

May be loosely classified as a kind of Oyo Waza.
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In Techniques Respecting Koshinage Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #263 New 10-20-2010 02:04 PM
Koshinage shows no mercy.

If Koshinage were a member of your dojo, it would be that really tough, no-nonsense sempai who tells you to suck it up and stop wimping out all the time, why weren't you at class last Tuesday and why the heck aren't you breakfalling more? Rawr!

So put Koshinage on the menu for a lackadaisical, slacker of a teenage student (who is obviously not learning Aikido because he really wants to) with a default disposition of not wanting to learn in the first place; add to this a posture and martial stature that can only be compared to that of a soggy sponge and you have a recipe for utter disaster. That, or one that essentially forces said student to focus.

Not focusing in the role of nage = getting squished like a bug. Not focusing in the role of uke = getting spiked headfirst into the mat (ie. squished like a bug, but at a greater velocity than before).

I never thought I'd say it, but I think I love Koshinage.
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In Teaching Spider-man and The Teacher's Mind Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #262 New 10-06-2010 04:00 PM
"With great power, comes great responsibility."

Good, old Uncle Ben. How true.

And how strange it feels, over a decade later, to be standing in the middle of the Auxiliary Gym at The University of Winnipeg again...this time as the teacher. To look at my reflection in the bank of mirrors along the wall and see a figure in a hakama staring back. In the same place where my adventure in Aikido began, gone is the naive and impressionable 22-year-old me in my crisp, new dogi and stiff white belt: being taught how to roll improperly and to wave my arms about, movement devoid of martial intent.

I am determined that there will be no "Mexican hat dance" in my class, no "one hour of talk, one hour of practice." That nonsense was kindly beaten out of me on the mats over the last eight years and all the better for it. There is no teacher with spurious credentials and barely-discernible mumbling, juxtaposed with moments of angry barking at beginners. That's not my style.

After some initial awkwardness that involved a creaky, perpetually dry throat and getting slugged in the stomach while teaching my first class, I suppose I'm slowly settling in to the role. But obviously not without some growing pains. Thankfully I've been receiving a great deal of support -- both from Jon and from Jeremy, who has been alternating as teacher with me.

For one, after eight years of physically taking the role of student and going through the motions of the traditional gestures that follow, it' ...More Read More
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