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This blog is a bit late as I have been busy. Since this is so late, I don't really remember the things that I did on Tuesday or Wednesday... so instead, I will talk about about some other things. Tuesday there were only a few of us in class. All of us have been there for about a year or less. Well, the new guy asked a question wihle we were working together and I tried to answer his question. Sensei looked over at us and said "NO talking." I gave a small rei towards sensei and said the only thing I could "Hai sensei." I made a point not to say much for the rest of the class. Sensei gave me plenty of corrections during the class (none of which I can recall at the moment). To each of these comments, I said "Hai sensei." and did my best to do as he asked. This should have been a good indicator for me that this week was not going to be easy.....
Wednesday I strolled in the dojo, all fresh and ready. I was a bit stresed out from work as I have been working on 3 cases and going through training, but I was looking forward to class. We worked on a few variations of techniques. I had done shomenuchi kotegaishi before, but not these variations. Needless to say, I wasn't getting them. It seemed like the entire class I was struggling to get things to work. I couldn't even get stupid shomenuchi ikkyo to work for crying out loud! By the end of the class I was so upset with myself that I could feel myself on the verge of crying! As my husband and I walked b
Yesterday as my husband drove us to the dojo, I began to space out a bit and just think about class and aikido. As of lately, I have been periodically used as uke to demonstrate techniques. I have been taking this as a compliment and have loved every minute of it. Well, I have previously mentioned that we have a couple new people. I thought to myself "Wouldn't it be neat if it were only me, my husband and the rest of the newer people (1 year or less)? Maybe I could be sensei's uke more!" My next thought was "That would never happen. There are always a couple higher rankers there." After that, the thought dissipated from my memory and I began thinking of other things.
We arrived at the dojo and I go in and change. After going up to the dojo, I discover "Bob" (not his real name) who has been there about a year. Me and my husband are there (6 month-ers) and one of the new guy's comes in (2nd week). Finally, another guy comes in (started the same day as me and my husband, but hasn't been there as much). I look around and go "Hhm…. I guess I got what I wanted." I assumed that some other students would be coming in, but no one else came. SCORE! I have been really liking the classes with the new students. Lately a lot of the classes have been more challenging for me, which I like by the way, but I really enjoy going back to the more simple things which also need to be worked on. I have the basics of these techniques down and have an idea of what I am doing, wh
Today's class went pretty well. I did a lot better with my new bokken today. Upon closer inspection, I discovered that the saya isn't carved out enough so the bokken barely fits inside of it. So, after that, I just pulled the bokken up and down in the saya. It wore off quite a bit of the stain, but at least it isn't sticking as much anymore. Who knows, maybe the tight fit will be a blessing in disguise. I have to make sure to keep the bokken as low in the saya as possible to even have a chance of drawing and returning without getting stuck. Once I have an iaido I will have to keep the same mentality so I don't ruin the saya…. So maybe it is for the best. Today we did some exercises and worked on shohatto, sato, uto, atarito, inyoshintai, ryuto, jyunto, gyakuto, batto. For the most part I did pretty well. Inyoshintai went a lot better then it did Wednesday thanks to it being worn in a bit. I did have a couple problems with the hakama, but nothing major. Sensei did tell me to work on a few things though.
Things to work on:
1.) For chiburi for these kata, arm goes straight out at side, not down at all
2.) For gyakuto, when you first stand up, sword is flat, not tilted like it is for ryuto
3.) For gyakuto when you slice the neck, have arm out 90 degrees away from body
4.) Sit tall (elongate the entire spine).
Aikido went well. We only worked on a few techniques today. Shomenuchi ikkyo (omote and ura), yokomenuchi iriminage, yokomenuchi shihonag
This week has been going alright. Wednesday's class went well. We focused on the bokken. We did some exercises and partnered work for ukifune gaeshi as well as doing a few solo kata. This went well for the most part. My frenemy kept whacking away at my right hand as they slid down my shinai. Every time they did it, they would giggle and say "I'm sorry!" then they would do it again and again. Uhm.... if you were sorry you would stop! I just sucked it up and dealt because I wasn't about to let this get to me (especially since it was being done on purpose). This person is leaving for college, so this won't be an issue any longer. At least things are better then they used to be.
Second hour (Iaito) sensei had me and my husband go downstairs and he showed us how to wear a hakama. He has been trying to get us in a hakama for a few weeks now. My husband has a hakama that fits (needs some fixing though), but I didn't have anything. Sensei gave me a hakama to wear until I get my own. Yesterday, I also got my replacement bokken with saya. So, not only did I have to deal with a hakama for the first time, but I also had to get used to the saya. I didn't have a problem getting the bokken out of the saya, but I couldn't really get the bokken back in the saya. It wasn' really that I didn't know how to do it (I did it fine with the previous one I returned). It just felt like it was getting stuck halfway into the saya. After class, I was messing with it and even pull
Well, let's see. Wednesday we worked with the bokken. It was a nice change since we worked with the bokken instead of the jo. For the most part, I did alright, but there was a partner exercise that I needed help with. I kept swinging the bokken around more then neccessary. I'd move it with my center instead of leaving it behind, turning my body and then cutting shomen.
Thursday was an interesting class. The entire class we worked on shomenuchi ikkyo. It is something that I truly need to work on. Just when I think I have it, I work with someone that makes me realize that I don't have it. I got the part where you enter and push their arm up and back just fine. In this case, this person is taller then me and I had a problem getting their arm to bring it back down to my hip. I know what I need to do to fix this problem, but it will just take some time to fix this.
In the second hour of class, we worked on the jo. I have absolutely no skill whatsoever with the jo. It is actually a frustrating experience for me to work with the weapon. Part of it is just because I have little experience with it, but the other is I just can't seem to get the movements and intricate details down. Gah..... Every time sensei or sempai says "Get a jo!" I can't help but sulk for a second. HAHA. I mean, I am sure that I will get better with time and I know that you can't get better unless you practice. With those thoughts in mind, my sulking goes away and my main goal is to no
Yesterday went rather well. Sensei came back from his vacation. As much as I enjoy training when the sempai's teach, it is always nice when sensei returns. Yesterday there were four students, which made training a lot easier. It seems like if there is an odd number, I am always in the group of 3. I enjoy watching others do the techniques (especially the higher rankers) but sometimes your group forgets about you and you end up sitting there forever. We just kept rotating partners last night so we got to train with everyone. Even numbers also allow sensei to walk around, watch and correct our technique.
We started off with our regular warm-ups and went into forward rolls from the knees. I believe this was mostly to benefit the new guy, but I actually really enjoy rolling from this position. My rolls are quiet and smooth. My rolls from standing are pretty smooth, but not as smooth as from this position. I am always trying to absorb what my body is doing so I can replicate this motion from standing. I made sure to come up with my toes tucked under my feet. This was a bit uncomfortable, but I have seen that I come up more balanced when I do this (and sensei prefers it this way).
Tonight's class was fairly laid back. We started off with practicing the motions used for kaitenage from gyaku hanmi katatedori. We were not moving, just simply bringing uke in and then extending back out to take their balance. Once this was done, went to doing the technique
Well, last night I was still feeling pretty exhausted and I thought I would take today off instead of training. So, before I went to bed, I set my alarm just in case I changed my mind. I go to sleep last night and before I know it, my alarm goes off. Uck... my head hurts! I turn it off and decide to sleep in and skip class. My husband came in and kissed me goodbye at around 7:45 this morning. Well, after my husband leaves, I roll back over and try to get some more sleep (I am hoping sleep will help the headache). Well, my adorable shih tzu (who decided not to be so adorable this morning) would not stop whining! In fact, she went from whining to full out barking. I was so peeved about it. Not only did I not get the sleep I stayed home for, but her barking certainly did not help my headache any. I ended up getting up earlier then I wanted and debated on going to class as I could have still made the aikido class. I decided not to because I didn't want to make my headache worse and by not going, my body was still getting rest (but not the sleep I believe it needs).
So, in the end, I wish I would have woken up earlier or in the middle of the night, popped some migraine meds and then woke up ready to go for class. Staying home was a complete waste for me and now I can't help but sit and wonder what I missed out on....
Tonight's blog will be a homogenate of this week. Tuesday's class was interesting. We mainly worked on 3 techniques from katadori. Is that still what is is called when they grab both shoulders? Meh, I am not sure, but now you know what I am talking about. I will just have to describe the techniques because I really don't know the names of them either. HAH! The first one we did you both start off in ai hanmi and then uke grabs both of your shoulders. You take your right arm under uke's left arm and grab the elbow area of their right arm. Then you tenkan around and as you do, you take then down into a forward roll. If any of you know what I am talking about, please comment if you know the name. I really enjoyed this technique and it came quite naturally to me. It reminds me a lot of my old style. ::sighs:: Fond memories of something I could actually do. Those days are gone though... and back to the present.
The second technique we did started from the same position as before. This time, you slid back at an angle (almost like you would do if you wanted to stretch them out to go into ikkyo) and you threw up an atemi at their face. You then kept your hand in their face and stepped in towards them until they fell. This one I wasn't too crazy about. For some reason it just didn't quite feel right. Alas, it went.... that is all I can say.
The final technique was one that I felt fairly comfortable with. For this, we started off in
Sensei is gone so we have had a couple different sempais teaching class. I'm not really going to discuss Thursday's class (especially since I don't really remember too much of it!) Me and another student were the only one's to show up for iaido class. We did all 12 forms in the shoden series. That was the first time I did all of the forms. There were a few kata that I had never done before. Anway, the twelve kata were: shohatto, sato, uto, atarito, inyoshintai, ryuto, jyunto, gyakuto, seijyuto, koranto, gyakutei-inyoshintai and finished wih batto. After that, we had 10 minutes of free practice, where I worked on drawing and a few other things.
Things to fix:
1.) Draw back strongly with the left hand when drawing the bokken. (You are supposed to have a saya!)
2.) Keep tip of sword down lower when finishing chiburi.
Aikido class went alright. No surprise, but there were three students again. I have yet to figure out the significance of this number (if you believe in such things). After our warm up and our ukemi practice we began working on he motions for ryotedori. Turns out, then entire class was based around ryotedori. A few of the techniques were kokyunage, iriminage, shihonage (ai hanmi and gyaku hanmi), ushiro tenkan & then put them into a roll, step back & go forward to put them in a roll and a few other techniques. We did a few different throws from two people grabbing your wrist with two hands on each wrist. Those were some interesting throws
Well, my husband and I were late to class last night. My husband worked until 6 and class starts at 6:30 which doesn't seem to be a problem, but we usually leave the house at 5:45 in order to get there and change to be on time for class. Living so far away from a dojo really is a pain in some aspects. We might actually train more then 4 days a week if it weren't for the 20 plus miles each way to the dojo. We arrived at the dojo and it was pretty hot inside. It got up to 109 degrees Fahrenheit here yesterday. Heat schmeat right? Train I say!
I was surprised when I looked around and only saw our sempai teaching and one other student (also a sempai and is a 5th kyu). That made three students for the second night in a row. I wonder if the number 3 has a significant meaning in my life right now. If it does, I haven't noticed it yet.
After warming up and stretching out, sempai had us grab a bokken and work on nikkyo from ai hanmi. I really like this technique. One person begins to draw the bokken and the other person stops them by grabbing their wrist and pushing (you are trying to prevent from being cut down with what is supposed to be a live blade after all!). The other person then steps to the side to create a small "doorway" and then does nikyo with the tsuka of the bokken. Once you got your uke down to the ground, then your push the tsuka towards uke's face in order to get them to want to roll backwards (unless they really enjoy getting hit in the face