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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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  #31 New 09-18-2003 01:45 AM
For tonight's class, I decided to concentrate primarily on my breathing --- all through the warm-up, and for as long as I was able to focus on it for the rest of the night.

The first thing I noticed was how contrived concentrating on one's breathing feels --- it almost felt laboured in a way. After all, we generally take breathing for granted and let our body naturally handle its own air intake as needed.

Eventually, however, I began to feel more synchronicity, more in unison --- so to speak --- with my body, particularly when I coupled "contrived" breathing with movements during techniques. Controlled breathing during the ukemi drills, for the most part, gave me a greater feeling of energy, so long as we did not pause for too great a length of time in between rolls (which made me dizzy and threw my breathing off ).

Later in the evening, when my rate of breathing increased (naturally due to increased activity), I would find that in moments of fatigue, a slow inhalation and exhalation (I'm not sure if this was a subconscious response or deliberate on my part --- for the life of me, I can't remember) had an almost "cleansing" effect on me --- it felt as though my body was purging all of its tension in order to ready myself just before embarking on another exertion.

Curiouser, and curiouser.

Random technique notes and adjustments...

Shomenuchi Sankyo (suwari waza):
- "new" way...slide hand down and roll uke's hand over (twisting with palm on back of his hand) before retaining Sankyo with other hand; with newly freed hand, hook thumb in crook of uke's elbow for control and push while moving forward

Yokomenuchi Shihonage:
- remember to enter in deeper (and consequently more quickly) for taller ukes such as Sempai Jim
- don't pause hand at top of block, but cut down
- may have to duck lower at times (at end of pivot) in order to make sure uke's elbow folds in and wrist gets pinned to shoulder properly
- don't cut straight down, but aim for creating an arc towards centre

Darn details!
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#2 09-20-2003 02:17 AM
jducusin Says:
I, and a couple of my Sempais, also have that tendency --- Sensei once drew my attention to it, particularly when I do breakfalls, and since then I've been making a concerted effort to breathe through them too. Yeah, it definitely does feel like you're given more energy by it --- can't beat that!
#1 09-19-2003 03:46 AM
Kelly Allen Says:
I too have been concentrating on my breathing. I tend to hold my breath when taking ukemi, and it tends to leave me winded. Lately I have begun concentrating on breathing through the roll or fall and have discovered how much more energy, and staying power I have during grueling sessions.

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