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I'm giddy as a kid at Christmas, all because I was able to go through two sets of Tai-Gi (Sp) as uke, and even though I was winded, I wasn't wheezing winded, and I recovered quickly. I think alot of this has to do with paying attention to my breathing with rolling and falling. (not holding my breath)
I think I'm going to take advantage of this by starting to do a little jogging in the morning when I get home from work. Not much! Just enough to get a little huff and blood going, then follow up with some stretching before I go to bed. I'm going to try keep the whole routine under a half an hour as to not bite into my sleep too much.
Another class with just Sensei and I. It's nice getting all this personal attention. It sure is helping me figure out a lot of issues I've had with certian techniques. It's a little hard on Senseis knee, during ukemi, as there is no break for him while others take turns trying the techniques. I told him that it might be easier on him if he took double the turn as nage so I can work on MY ukemi more at greater speeds, and he can practice manipulating my 220 lbs of energy at speeds he wishes. He said he thought that that was a good idea.
Sensei is beginning to throw me harder and faster now. It is intresting to feel the techniques at higher speeds as uke. He even throws in a breakfall throw, without telling me, to see how well I can handle it. He's careful not to get too agressive when he does this.
Did a lot of Ki testing today. I think it is helping me with my lazy leg syndrome. I'm having trouble with passing one of the Ki tests. Funekogi, and Zengo I have stability problems with a test from behind. I can pass after a few tries but never on the initial test.
Worked on Shiho-nage. Slowed it down, watched my foot work, and kept my lazy leg syndrome from forcing my ass in the way. I also adjusted it so I wasn't raising Ukes hand up too high so he had the opportunity to spin out of it for a reversal.
We also worked on Jo kata #2. I was pleasantly supprised to be able to pick up the moves quickly. Now all I need to do is do them right. That should
We have been slowing things down again in order to concentrate on little niuances that are helping me with my lazy leg syndrome, proper foot placement, and maintaining the intent or the completion of the technique without leaving uke an opening to escape half way through the technique.
This really forces me to concentrate on every aspect of the technique from beginning to the end. I really am seeing the tenseness in my shoulders disappear as well. Moveing slower is making me more aware of this thus I can correct. I guess the trick now is to gradually speed up the technique without going back to that tense choppy technique that I'm trying to work my way out of.
Sensei showed me why I was loseing half my ukes in sankyo. I was merely standing into the sankyo causeing uke's arm to come up more into a hammer lock. Now when I stand I lead the arms energy back into the fore arm thus making the arm draw up into the proper position to maintain the sankyo. I am still nervous about putting too much grip on the fingers for sankyo in case I apply to the point of an injury. This is because I still have a tender wrist from a sankyo I received last spring and I don't want to do the same thing to someone else.
No class on Wednsday! I'm going to lay out a big tarp I bought for practicing in my back yard and practice my ukemi with an arobic intent, and try to work more on my flexability. If I can work up a sweat a couple of times this way before next class maybe I can make it
The last time I was at the dojo it was just sensei and I again. I was feeling quite stresses due to a week of bad luck and bad Karma. My truck broke down and cost me a wack of money, and was haveing problems with a person who just can't seem to leave me alone. The stress showed up in my technique and training as an uncontrolable tensness in my shoulders.
I try to make part of my training the philosophical where deflecting abusive verbal energy is part of it. You know! Sticks and stones. But how does one deal with it when it becomes so persistent that I'm constantly ignoring and deflecting verbal abuses and accusations.
The training session did help to destress me some what, but I'm still dreading my next meeting with this person. No telling what ()'ll come up with next. I wish I knew what it was that started it in the first place. Oh well just keep my mouth shut unless I have to open it, and deflect and redirect the rest. Maybe ()'ll get bored and give up and finally leave me alone.