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Sunday was the second day of the seminar with Donovan Waite sensei. I like the lessons from Waite sensei a lot but I am also quite amazed about what people pick up from Waite sensei. It seems like a lot of people confuse how it looks with how it is done by Waite sensei. It looks very powerfull, but there is no forced muscle strength in the techniques done by Waite sensei. Still you see a lot of people try to force the techniques, lots of muscle with crunching teeth and veins on their foreheads that nearly explode from their use of force.
We had great fun doing kaiten nage (soto and uchi), dai ikkyo and sokumen irimi nage (which a lot of people call kokyu nage). We ended with a bit of randori.
As a little side note: a found a nice and irritating 5th kyu Shihan. Yeah my own 5th kyu Shihan. Huraah
Today the Donovan Waite Sensei seminar started in Rotterdam. I went with some other persons from our dojo.
Lesson started with a long stretching, followed by ukemi parctise. I still don't understand why people talk about special Donovan Waite Style ukemi, because it sure looks like normal and ordinary ukemi to me. Still people claim it is special.
We continued with simple tenkan and irimi exercises, which were followed by various forms of shi ho nage and irimi nage. Of course the first session was ended with suwari waza ryotedori kokyu ho.
After lunch again a nice and long stretching followed by ukemi practise. Then we practised kote gaeshi,ude kime nage and some irimi nage again and then the more complicated techniques started, two kokyu nages (yes I know this isnot very informative but my body is still processing the training and so I wont even start at describing them) followed by kanseki otoshi. End again we ended with suwari waza ryote dori kokyu ho (surprise??).
I like Donovan Waite Sensei a lot. Besides a good looking man, he is also a very soft, friendly, smiling and gentil teacher. He feels so gentil, but in the same time techniques are so good and subtile.
Especially not when I am uke. I am trusting my partner with my body so he should respect it. Most people understand this without even thinking about it at all, but once in a while one runs into somebody whose enthousiasme makes him forget to be gentil. And hiji osea really hurts too much when done with a lot of muscle. Of course I will survive. Coldpack, some massage and arneca. Darn fragile elbows,
I will have to survive because tomorrow is the Donovan Waite seminar ;-)
Yesterdays lesson was completely focussed on the concepts of Shu Ha and Ri. In the special lesson for senior students sensei gave a very long explanation about the normal learning proces in Aikido and the effects this has on how one should behave in the dojo. Using the western philosophical concepts of doxa, sophia and idea he was able to clarify for a lot of the senior students what we are looking for in aikido, and maybe more important, in which way we do this.
Swept the floor. Cleaned the mats. Wipped the blackboard. Arranged the Kamiza.
Nice fast training. Dynamic form of katate dori uchi kaiten nage followed by a very dynamic katate dori sokumen irimi nage and some kokyu nage. Isn't it amazing where you can find extra energy after you are completely and utterly exhausted? Dynamic forms of katate dori dai sankyo followed by some more kokyu nage. We finished with some different kumijo. Two and a half hours is always way to short.
Nothing like training very intensly. I always enjoy it when my partner discovers he needs all the air he can get and has no air left to talk. Tonights advanced class luckily started out like that. And yes it is possible to do suwari waza kokyu ho at such a level that your partners is really gasping for air.
After advanced class the beginners course, including a dozen people that only have had something like 4 or 5 lessons started again. Shifting down the gear a bit can be quite demanding as well. No more high speed training. Careful and watchful training. Try to avoid that the beginners hurt themselves. Why do some beginners instinctively move in the most dangerous directions?? One smart beginner figured out today that I was not going to tell him how to do it and that he just had to try and practice. Guess what, he did great and was really improving.
Sensei was ill today. I was the most senior student present when the class started.
I like training myself better, but you cannot always have what you want. Being in charge sucks, although I must admit it can be very instructive as well.
Everybody behaved really nice and put a lot of focus, attention and sweat into their exercises. I just sat in seiza and observered.
Tuesdays beginners course was great fun again. Having lots of people around that only had 3 lessons makes you think about your own beginning. I guess I must have been as strange when I started, but it still is hard to recognize yourself in the disconnected arms and legs that beginners seem to have.
Some move with great ease as where others get confused only by thinking of moving.
Paid extra attention to one guy that continued to stick out his arm while tumbling backwards. He seemed annoyed by it, but heck at least he did not break his wrist.