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argh....feel like my aikido is getting worse. Monday's session I was particularly uncoordinated in weapons class.
Wednesday's class I partnered one of the nidan women who is a particularly superb teacher. And she wasn't letting me get away with anything and pointed out all the very basic mistakes I am still making. I think my problem is that I don't remember what it feels like to make the right move and can't tell I'm doing something wrong except when the person refuses to move in the right direction.
Hence ikkyo omote: I'm *still* tending to grab rather than just move forward fast. And I realised that it's partly cos I tend to keep both hands at the same level whereas actually one hand is ahead. but the difference is to me so subtle I tend to lose it all too easily...v frustrating to learn it and then forget it
ikkyo ura: the version where it's done after the arm comes down I must remember to just push downward first. After doing it wrong for a few moves and having it pointed out to me, I got it right and took myself by surprise by moving faster than my brain could think on pure instinct.
shihonage: extend out a lot more in the omote version and stay far enough away from the uke and slightly more behind that I normally do. For the ura version I should also move a bit more behind the uke.
kate nikyo: I need to remember to keep the arm as straight as possible in the final pin to prevent uke's pain during practice. I also need to remember to move off line in the first move and then cut *down*...i tend to cut too much towards me which can result in uke overbalancing toward me whereas what I want is for uke to overbalance downards.
I am soooo not getting the soto version of what I call the windmill throw...yeah not the standard term but I remember it better this way. Kinda not good even at the ukemi for this. I need to remember for kaiten move that the power to move the uke is coming a lot from the knees bending and I'm failing to do that anywhere near enough.
It's a bummer I have to miss Friday's class...I'm getting to like it a lot.