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Tonight we worked on kate Dori Ikkyo which seems to be getting better for me. A couple thousand more repetitions and I might look something like I know what I am doing with it. Less than that and I look like a dancing water buffalo.
Tonight's big things were Tai No Henko though! Sensei cam by when I was working with Bob, we were doing Tai No Kihon (static?). I was struggling with what was going wrong, as I have been doing the last week or more, trying to figure out why no matter what I do my arm seems to cave in instead of hold it's space. He stopped bob and I and had me do it with him. Then he said Yeah that is what I thought I saw, and went through the same thing that we went through on the first day that we started, the tree hugger, versus the log hauler, versus cradling something. Each has a different direction of the hands and wrist. Once I tried it out the cradling something way it was awesome! It was like my arm was a little force field. It was Magic!
Then we worked on Kate Dori Ikkyo, a bunch. At several points I or my partners got some help on it. I know that I still need a lot of help on it.
Then we did Kokyu Dosa. This was good, my new found knowledge about flow and from center helped a lot. I worked hard on it and got to practice with Don. Who is one of the Sempies that is really strong, and good at detecting where you are doing things wrong. After class I worked with him some more on it, improving it even more. It was amazing moving from the center, and not from the shoulders. Another couple of times more with Don, and I might have the basis of this somewhere. I really like the two Tai No Henko, and kokyu dosa tonight. There is so much to learn there, each little part makes huge differences. I suppose that it is like that with all of the techniques. However they all seem so complex right now that I can't see the little differences, only the big mistakes.