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Not a 100% yet but I can't stay out of the dojo any longer. We took things easy due to a few injuries, not related to Aikido training, and a new student. We were expecting a few new students but only one showed up. Late, but better late than never. He seems quite keen on this style. I think he'll enjoy it.
It was neat haveing a new student in class. It really gives you a sense for how far you've come. like, I remember leading with the wrong foot all the time, and being so choppy and tense.
To slow things down we practiced a few entering and blending exersizes. I was trying to get the feeling of staying floppy chicken loose while entering, and keeping my leading hand in front of me with unbendable arm while leading.
The rest of the class was Katatori ikkyo, katatatori Oujiji, to get the new guy started on a couple of techniques. We did a demonstration on randori with the senior student and I attacking sensei. Sensei got me with a great touchless irimi nage. I saw the cloths line coming and wasn't about to let it connect. All I could do was Ushiro Ukeme to the floor.
We were also discussing about how to deal with unpredictable attacks. Ma-ai was mentioned, and during the demo I didn't give sensei any indication how I was going to attack him. It was the first time I have done that. I found out just how effective sensei's Aikido is. It became evedent to me that I wouldn't want to be the poor sap who tries to take a lung, punch, kick or anything else
I slipped my disc again. I did it 5 years ago and it took me about 3 months to recover.
It doesn't seem as bad this time as it was last time, and my chiropractor has already made a difference with his treatment.
It was the stupidest thing that caused it. I was out at the lake packing up my camper for the winter. It had been out there for a few weeks unused so it was beginning to be infested with spiders. I was going around killing the spiders with a fly swatter. I reached down to swat one on the floor and "crick" it went. Stupid spiders!
I think I'll only be out of the dojo for a couple of weeks. I know I can't do Ukemi, and I don't want to risk aggrevating it by being Nage either, so the only thing I can do is a couple of exersizes and Jo and Boken kata.
I'm already walking without too much of a limp. The only thing that aggrevates it now is sitting, and bending over. Very tender.
I just have to concentrate on getting better and training in the light stuff.
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.
Finally the dojos open again and it was just sensei and I. We worked on a few adjustments to step up to the next level. The adjustments were suttle but made the techniques more fluid due to the ability of takeing uke off balance much easier and making his energy flow to where you can feelit better and utilize it better. It is a hard thing to express in words but it is a powerful thing to feel during the technique.
Many times I have been told to start from the sholder and slide down to the wrist in a munetski attack. I always was unable to do this. During this session I tenkaned so I was slightly further from the uke. This change in distance allowed me to aim for the arm first the slide down to the wrist without crowding myself. Catching the wrist after sliding down the arm did two things. One: When catching the wrist, my energy helped in drawing Uke's energy forward more than he wished. This took uke off balance with no effort from me (other than the effort it took to catch his wrist in the proper manner). Two: This breaking of his balance in such a way enabled me to execute the rest of the technique with little effort due to the more rooted stance I was in, all because I grabed the wrist properly.
We worked on moving into a pin with Ki. Sensei showed me how tense I was while moveing into a kneeling pin. This is something we were working on in the seminar as well. It was a good reminder.
At the end of class I got sensei to throw me into a few break fall
Sensei still hasn't opened the dojo yet, but since we're nieghbors out at the beach I had the opportunity for him to throw me into the water a couple of times. The water there stays very shallow for quite a ways. We just got to a spot where we were ankle deep and he proceeded to throw me. The throws we were doing resulted in breakfalls. It was great because it has been along time since I had done any breakfalls and the ankle deep water was a fantastic cushion. no matter how hard he threw me, or how bad my ukemi, it was quite painless. After several throws I started to feel more comfortable and better at breakfall ukemi. I think I would like to try more on the mat when we all get back to the Dojo.
It sounds like we're going to have a few more bodies on the mats this year. The more the marrier.
The seninar is over. I learned a lot again, but I unfortunately have not been able to practice what I have learned. Senseis knee has yet not healed and the dojo has`n't been open since the seminar. I'm considering approaching the Aikikai Sensie to see if I can start training with then again. It's a little harder on my body, but as Jamie says "No pain no gain". I'll just have to try and take care not to go too gung ho with the training there.
Aside from that I was tested and passed my 4th kyu test. I spent three 12 hour days prior to that installing hard wood floors in my house. I was so bagged, stiff, and sore I could barely concentrate. I messed up so many times with little things that usually come very easy to me that I'm supprised I passed. Sensei said I did very well regardless so it's on to the next leg of my training.
We were working on Katatatori Kotagiashi tenkan (I think!?), and I'm having a tough time making the turn to Kotegiashi. As I spin for the turn I tend to lose balance, and 9 times out of 10 my ass clips uke which screws the whole technique. I am pretty sure it's because I am not using my legs to get lower. I tend to bend over at the hips instead and, bang, my ass runs into uke. When I try to use my legs I find it makes the spin difficult to the point that I don't make a complete enough turn, therefore ending up out of position for a proper kotegiashi. I am not sure if foot placement will help in the technique or not. I'm hoping our, soon to be visiting sensei, will be able to help with it.
well at least now when my sensei asks me "Is there is something spacific I would like to work on"? I will have a definite answer.