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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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In General Troubleshooting Ukemi Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #46 New 10-11-2003 02:15 AM
Tonight we started off with Shomenuchi Sankyo (Suwari Waza), followed by Katatedori Kotegaishi and Katatedori Iriminage(?). We used the latter two techniques to complete the class in about three rounds each of the slowed-down Jiyu Waza we've done before --- it was a nice, satisfying way to end the week.

I was finding myself taking slightly harsher breakfalls than usual (banged a couple of my smaller toes repeatedly while hitting the mat --- not a typical thing for me) and I'm theorizing that perhaps I wasn't reaching for the mat with my hand enough. So I tried to do this (or so I believed), and still found that my feet and legs would be hitting the mat first (ouch). I even made a concerted effort to "think light", get up on my toes, and provide a fair amount of absorption/energy on my part in going over, but to no avail.

Funny thing is, I've found that there will be times when Sensei throws me (which is generally faster than others would) and I usually feel fine when I hit the mat --- I know it sounds counter-intuitive, but I wonder if it's the extra momentum that does it? Perhaps the faster speed of the throw forces my body to stretch out flat as it's going down (as was suggested not long ago on one of the forum threads).

The more I think about making adjustments to my own ukemi, the more I end up feeling like I'm troubleshooting software:

1. Are you reaching for the mat well ahead of your body? YES NO
2. Are you "thinking light"? YES NO
etc. etc. and so on and so forth.

Hehehe --- if only I could just hit Ctrl-Alt-Delete to reboot myself and fix it that way! But that wouldn't be as interesting.

Then again, come to think of it, maybe we do "reboot" ourselves in a manner of speaking: when we allow ourselves time to clear our mind, relax, and then approach things again with a refreshed and renewed mindset. Now THAT's interesting...
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