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Onna Bugeisha Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 07-22-2009 02:01 PM
From a big fish in a small pond to a tiny fish in a big sea.
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In General This is not a test..... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #36 New 10-23-2009 10:32 PM
Thursday was another great day of training. The yudansha who taught class was told that a test was coming up in early November for both 5th kyu and 1st kyu incase he wanted to focus on those techniques. There were two 6th kyu, two 2nd kyu and two yudansha. The other 6th kyu is fairly new and will not be testing this time around. After our warm ups Sempai called me up and used me as uke to demonstrate katadori ikkyo (omote and ura). While we were working on that, he went over and looked at the list. From that moment on, all he did was call the names of the techniques. This was a good practice to see how well I knew the terminology. I am proud to say that I knew every single one! A list of the techniques that we did:

Suwariwaza katadori ikkyo (omote/ ura)
Suwariwaza shomenuchi ikkyo (omote/ ura)
Ai hanmi katatedori ikkyo (omote/ ura)
Gyaku hanmi katatedori ikkyo (omote /ura)
Shomenuchi ikkyo (omote/ ura)
Ai hanmi katatedori kaitenage (uchi/ soto)
Gyaku hanmi katatedori iriminage
Gyaku hanmi katatedori kokyuho
Ai hanmi katatedori shihonage (omote/ ura)
Gyaku hanmi katatedori shihonage (omote/ ura)
Ryotedori shihonage (omote/ ura)
Ryotedori kokyuho
Suwariwaza ryotedori kokyuho

The only technique that I couldn't really remember was gyaku hanmi katatedori iriminage. I knew how to start and I knew how I needed to end up, I just couldn't figure out how to get there. After trying to figure it out for a bit (I kept getting into the position for kokyuho i ...More Read More
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In General Good to be back! Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #35 New 10-21-2009 05:02 PM
Well, it is good to be back! I missed class from the 10-14tth because my husband and I moved into our new place. What a bunch of work moving is. A pain in the butt I tell you… unfortunately, we are still renting, so there will be at least one more move in our future. As to when… I have no idea.

Anywho, my return class on Thursday, the 15th was an exciting day for me. Nothing special happened that day other then my return. I was just glad to be back because I felt like I hadn't been in class forever! I guess I didn't really realize how much I trained until I couldn't. I really only missed three classes because my normal week consists of training Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I was surprised to learn upon arrival at the dojo that Sensei was out of town. Boo. :O( To top it off, my first class back was only for an hour because the second hour class got cancelled for that day. Perhaps it was for the best though because I was still a bit tired from the move and I still had plenty to do around the house.

Saturday was great. The class was pretty intense and we did all sorts of stuff I have never done before. Several of the techniques involved rolls, which is always fun. There was one technique in particular that is now my favorite. At the end of class I asked what it was called and I was told it really didn't have a name. The catch all could be kokyunage, but it could also be called jujinage because the arms are crossed. I will do my best to de ...More Read More
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In General Domo Arigato Mr. Roboto Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #34 New 10-12-2009 03:26 PM
Have you ever thought about that while bowing out at the end of class. Hard not to laugh when that pops in your head.... Do yourself a favor and just don't listen to that song before class.

This week was a nice change of pace. I got to do a lot with the tanto. In fact, we have been using the tanto a lot more lately then we have been. I have begun to see the parallels and I believe it is adding to my understanding bit by bit. Tuesday we show up for class and "Sarah" shows up. She has been taking classes for over a year and is a 6th kyu student. She is a very nice girl, but she doesn't quite seem to understand much. She often spaces out. Since she is my sempai, she is supposed to do the technique first. It isn't uncommon for me to have to show her what to do before she can actually do the technique to me. Well, sensei's wife, "Lucy" had just finished teaching the kids class and we were all socializing before she headed down to change. Sarah turned to her and asked "Is there going to be another 5th kyu test soon?" (She was a no show at the last 5th kyu test). Lucy responded with "You know, we haven't had one in a long time and I think we are going to test for that in early November after Chiba sensei's seminar in Eugene." It took all I had not to glare at Sarah. I absolutely have no interest in testing at this moment and I was under the impression from sensei that he would hold off on testing my husband and I until we were ready for the 3rd kyu test. Wa ...More Read More
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In General Steady as she goes Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #33 New 10-02-2009 01:49 PM
This week was a decent week for me. A major accomplishment for me was that I managed NOT to get frustrated with myself and it wasn't because I was comfortable with everything because some of the things we did were new to me. Anywho, on to my weekly review

I do not really recall everything we did on Tuesday, but I know we worked on morotedori kaitenage, morotedori ikkyo, morotedori iriminage, tai no henko, I had pretty much done all of the techniques before for this class, but I am by no means completely comfortable with them. I worked with the new girl for kaitenage. I took her just to the point where she would roll so she could begin to get the feeling for the technique. Sensei came over and told me to rotate my hand a bit more as I took her forward towards the mat to help her get her rolling arm in the correct position. When it was time for her to throw me, she was told that she could do the entire throw to me. She didn't do too bad. One thing that I really like about her is that she has the desire to learn and she seems to want help and advice. I help her if I can, but I usually end up calling sensei over because I haven't been around that long myself. Morotedori ikkyo went good too, but I had a little problem with it. Sensei wanted us to keep the hands high for this variation, and I kept dropping them low as I turned. I realized what I was doing and attempted to fix it, but as we had been doing the other variation lately, if I didn't keep my mind on it, m ...More Read More
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In General Where there's smoke, there's fire Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #32 New 09-28-2009 01:33 PM
Last weeks class wasn't too bad. The classes weren't as intense as they have been lately. For those of you who aren't aware, Oregon has/had several forest fires going on. Since we live in a valley, the smoke from the 2 local fires just laid in the valley. Because the smoke in the air really aggravates the lungs, class has been more relaxed. Tuesday's class was fairly easy. I walked in to find my frienemey was back on break from school. I didn't know they had a break this soon, but she was back for the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday classes. Since there was smoke in the air and it was hot from the fires, sensei decided to have us work on blending exercises. These were quite helpful and I enjoy working on them. The only throws we actually did were soto kaitenage and kokyunage. For kaitenage, sensei used me as uke. Sensei started off easy, but soon he was using hip to get me to fly through the roll. Things were going good…. until they weren't. HAHA. One time he threw me and as I was in the air, I could feel myself out of position for the roll. I don't know how it happened; all I knew was that the landing would hurt unless I got myself back into position. I could tell that I was going to land on my shoulder if I did something, so my main goal was to get my shoulder out of harms way. Well, I successfully got my shoulder out of the way and did an awkward roll. I knew it must have looked bad because sensei looked at me with concern and said "Is your shoulder oka ...More Read More
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In General A lesson from nature Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #31 New 09-25-2009 04:32 PM
I take in a breath
Crisp autumn air fills my lungs,
Summer has left us

Leaves start to change
Green turns to yellow and red,
As if they're on fire

A gust of wind comes
The leaves happily give in,
Time for ukemi

Suspended on a breeze
Never fighting, always blending,
Riding the winds energy

They match the wind's speed
Lazily floating about,
Then all is quiet

The leaves flutter down
In a slow, controlled descent,
Landing silently

I watch intently
Learning from Mother Nature,
The one true uke

I realize something
Like the change of the seasons,
I too have transformed

I have a flashback
Of a time in the dojo,
It all seems so clear

Sensei smiles at me
And asks me to be uke,
What a privilege

I attack with heart
Like the leaves, I bend and flow,
Letting him lead

I'm in the moment
Letting go of everything,
Yet, still in control

My balance is gone
Both feet no longer touching,
A gentle landing

The memory fades
Leaves continue to rain down,
Enveloping me

I take in a breath
Crisp autumn air fills my lungs,
I can't help but smile

Nature's gift to me:
Be in control, yet yielding,
Always adapting
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In General I just hate saying no Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #30 New 09-23-2009 11:21 AM
Well, I was again approached (by sensei's wife) and asked if I was going to the seminar. She told me that she did have a scholarship to help me and my husband go. I told her unfortunately, since we are moving in a couple weeks and the rent is higher then where we are now that I will not be able to go. I am sure the scholarship would help out with paying for the seminar, but there is still the issue of travel, food and finding a hotel that is dog friendly or boarding her. She told me I had until the end of the night if I changed my mind.

My husband told me that I should try to go without him. At first, the idea sounded grand. I was about to hop all over that and run up to sensei and tell him that I would be there like he wanted. Then reality sunk in. I could not go to a seminar without my husband. It would not be fair to him and I would feel completely guilty the entire time. Technically, I think we could afford the money to go. It really isn't that much. I have off weekends, but my husband works retail. He is convinced that if he asks off, his hours will be cut back from that point forward (they have done this to other people evidently). He will already be asking for time off to move into our new place.

Instead of being happy that we are finally moving out of the apartment (which I have been wanting to do for quite some time) and moving into a bigger (and quieter) duplex that actually accepts pets, I am left sad wishing I could go to the seminar. We ...More Read More
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In General Ukemi is a workout...... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #29 New 09-20-2009 10:34 PM
Well this week has been pretty good overall. We have been doing a lot of things I have never done before and there were several things that I did that I have absolutely no idea of what the names are. Most of the classes this week I have left feeling absolutely beat! No energy and just plain tired. Part of the reason is sensei is using me as uke more and depending on the technique it can take a lot out of me. Sometimes by the end of the technique when I turn to find a partner I am dragging. Once, when I reid to my partner, I just couldn't help it and stole a few seconds rest while I was still down in my rei. A very compromising position, but it was a necessary risk at the time. HAHA. Since I am the low one on the totem pole I am usually uke first, which just makes the problem worse. At one point I worked with a higher ranker and I apologized for being slow since I was tired. He told me it was okay if my body was tired, provided my mind was still focused. I find that statement to be true because usually if you are still mentally focused, you can somehow push your body through to keep going. It is when you mentally can't push yourself anymore that you ultimately fail.

I do take it as a huge compliment that sensei uses me.. a 6th kyu as uke more and more often. I think he uses me to allow me the opportunity to work on my ukemi more. He sometimes corrects me or tells me what I should do to make the ukemi better. The experience is both mentally and phy ...More Read More
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In General Another scolding.... I'm getting good at this Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #28 New 09-16-2009 01:20 PM
Yesterday's class was interesting. We had a new guy join. We took the class slow and we only ended up doing a few techniques as we were breaking everything down by doing step A, then step A and B, then A,B and C. It was actually quite beneficial for me too because I got to work on the finer points of some things that I seem to miss when I just do the entire technique. The three techniques we worked on were ai hanmi katatedori iriminage and kotegaeshi. We also did shomenuchi iriminage as well. For katatedori iriminage, we worked on two variations. The first one we did was a direct entry, which I seemed to have a tiny bit of trouble with. I just wasn't getting my initial step in towards uke in the correct position. It will come with time though. The other version we did involved a full tenkan and then threw uke. This one I felt a bit more comfortable with. For this technique I worked with the new guy. As soon as we reid to each other he said "This is my first day. Take it easy on me. Okay?" I assured him that I would be careful with him. He didn't do too bad. Sensei came over and offered him some advice or threw me to demonstrate either nage pointers. I didn't do the technique to him too many times. I figured I would give him the chance to throw me. The few times I did it to him, I just took him to the point where I was stretching him and he was off balance. Then I let him back up. Sensei came back over and threw me again trying to tell him how to take p ...More Read More
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In General ::sigh:: Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #27 New 09-13-2009 10:15 PM
Well, this week was interesting. We worked on a lot of things. One of the girls who left for the summer came back for school. It is always interesting working with her. She has been training for a year and a half or so, yet she seems rather confused. At one point she said that I should go first. I humored her that once, but refused the rest of the time. Though I feel I have surpassed her, she has still been training longer then I. Since we are both 6th kyu, that means that she is my sempai. We worked on ikkyo, kotegaishi and a few other things that night.

I do not reacall Wednesday's class at all. Gah. I need to start blogging more often so I can actually remember what we did. I remember attempting to do yonkyo, but I still haven't figured this one out. I guess we will move onto Thursday! I show up to class and as I walk in I see a new girl. Since I hadn't seen her before, I assumed that she was watching to see if she was interested in aikido. Turns out that she was to join in class that day. Since I was the only female, sempai had me take her downstairs, help her put on her gi, tie her belt and I showed her how to rei when stepping on the mat.

For our first technique that night, sempai asked me to be uke. We were down in suwariwaza and he had his side turned toward me. I had no idea what we were working on, but I thought he wanted me to grab his shoulder.... so I did. WRONG! He wanted to work on katatedori ikkyo (omote and ura). HAHA. ...More Read More
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