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We had our biannual seminar with our esteemed sensei from Seattle. I always enjoy those seminars because I learn so much in such a short period of time from him. He is very good at describing suttleties that make or break a Ki test, or greatly improve a technique.
I got to spend a lot of time being uke for him as everyone else was injured in some way (not Aikido injuries). That was great! Sensei must have told him I have began brekfalls because he snuck in a few on me.
Some of the memorable pointers were the change I needed to make in my ushuro ukeme to standing position. I failed a Ki test to stand. I was then told to use my abs more to place my one point forward enough to stand rather than extending my arms to gain momentum to stand. I made the change with some success, but I really need to practice that one more. He had me make a suttle (and I mean suttle) elbow, shoulder drop to make me more stable when offering my hand to uke. I was astounded at the difference such a suttle change made in my stability. He showed us two other versions of happo waza. One was a tenkan version, the other was a sword cut with knife hand version. The tenkan version realy takes some getting used to. We worked on the eight direction sword kata.
I only managed to get two days of four that he was teaching. I wish I could have gone to the other two, but because Christmas dinner was at my place I was behind the eight ball to prepare the house for the 15 people that will be
I finally figured out why I was haveing suck a hard time drawing uke up into Nikyu. as it turns out I need to get more of a circular lifting motion before I place ukes wrist on my shoulder. It seems to pull uke into the right position for Nikyu. Before I was just trying to pull uke straight to my shoulder causeing his arm to extend and stay there making me lose that S in nages arm. Just by lifting the arm higher than my shoulder before planting his wrist on my shoulder seems to bring uke around enough to force him to make that S in his arm. My timeing for the up, down, Nikyu is becoming more fluid.
For Sankyu my up down timeing is improving for that as well. I just have to remember to step in behind uke for tenkan so I'm out of the way of uke's fall. I also feel I have to use less of a forced sword cut motion and more of a lead the uke by the fingers motion when droping uke to the floor.
I'm looking forward to training this weekend. Our Nidan is coming in from Seattle. I'm going to ask him his opinion on what I should be working on for my Sankyu test.
I am a firm beleiver in avoiding areas were conflict florishes. I don't go into dangerous parts of the city if I don't have to. I try to keep a calm deamenor in the face of a verbal attack. I also know that conflict is enevitable. There are places though that people come to, work, or learn such as schools and libraries where conflict that does occur has to be dealt with. Whether by yourself or by the people responsible for the place of work, or learning.
What if one or two of those places that you go to find knowledge are rife with people who thrive on conflict but are left unchecked. This year I have experienced far too many times this phenomona. The latest incident was seeing a highly respected Aikido Sensei (Kensho Furuya) stop posting his knowledge on the web forum because of people who seem to thrive on aggrevating others for whatever reason. How does one deal with these people. I as a reader now have lost a legitimat source of good information on Aikido just because of the bad enery Furuya sensei was forced to constantly deflect.
IMO confrontational behavior, such as that which caused Furuya senseis departure, is what we as Aikidoka are supposed to be training to control. Too many of us think that the idea of controling this behaviour is only controlling the others behavior, but it's not. It's mostly training to control our own. Until we as Aikidoka understand this we will never learn from our training, and we will continue to chase away the people tha
My 8 year old son has been frequenting the dojo with me on Wendsdays due to cub scout outings that I have been taking him on right after class. We have been working on basic ukemi to start and he is already getting to be a high fligher. He threw me Zemponage a few times and I threw him the same (lightly)a couple of times.
When class started he joined us for our warm up exersises. He's starting to figure out those pretty well too. I think it will be easier to get him to come Fridays to the dojo with me now. I hope my daughter comes too.
I had alot of energy tonight. We had a couple of our new guys show up for class. I always enjoy working with the new people. They tend to progress so fast that you can see and feel it from class to class.
Sensei worked on alot of the technique I will be tested for next. The others being fairly new were able to handle the techniques well. It was good practice to be able to apply these techniques to the newer stiffer ukes. I'm forced to flow the technique properly or, especialy with the one guy, it doesn't work.