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Great training Saturday starting at Sumei, ending at Eibukan. Dwayne Bolt had his anniversary, and it was really good seeing him teach. Never was in a class of his before. He has some really subtle things going on, and I like the way he encourages his students to attack, the frame work of the class, and the way he relates things. He is also not afraid to miss a waza, and just keep working until it comes out the way he wants.
He picked up something from Gleason's seminar and reviewed that; the idea of hips going one way, hands another. VERY usefull on some waza, especially ayate mochi / kosa dori. I still need to work more on the subtle balance break for iriminage after the entry. Open the heart, send in opposite directions.
Wed. at the Doshinkan. We worked a lot of basic movements with partner. Before class I worked with another yudansha pushing on me, with me grounding and trying to bring the ground to my hands. I was able to sustain with a really strong push from him, even when I asked him to go to a really hard push. This was a very straight line push, not with a lot of adjusting to find my weak lines. I used the type of stance Dan / Akuzawa / Mike showed more than a Yoshinkan stance, but then played with sourcing the ground from the front foot and weighting there as well. Moving back and forth between front weight and back weight was very interesting...I think I will try to do more of that in the future with a good push. I also got a very stong mudansha to push after class; he automatically adjusts his push to find any gaps or angles where I am weak, so it's much harder with him. He can switch the push faster than I can ground it.
[NOTE] I was doing much the same exercise at another dojo with someone who decided to switch from push to pull suddenly. Once I knew that he was going to play that, I was able to let him switch back and forth...with the result being in a throw everytime he switched, if I was sensitive to feel what has happening. Basically, if he was pushing and went to a pull, switching to the obi as the focus point and doing an "open" brought him into me and kicked his legs up in the air. Doing a pull, with my focus on the back of the obi, when he switched to a push, I d
I have been trying to continue to push the "squatting" while relaxing my lower back, trying to find this new idea of structure. It is difficult, but I can feel my body changing! Trained for 2 hours Sat. in Exton, and while the keiko was powerfull and great, I was a little tweeked afterward. So when I got home to M's I kind of crashed on the couch after eating. But then I tried working ten chi jin, the rowing exercise, some breathing, shiko. Energy level shot through the roof!
I was tired Sunday, but not sore...did about an hour at my parent's house moving stuff into the crawl space.
Monday...no issues. Working the postures while standing, sitting, moving around (trying not to let others see) is extremely fruitfull. I am coming to the conclusion that I have to just keep letting these postures increase naturally, without forcing too much. As they seem to take over and happen on their own, the power and connection steps up.