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It seems any time I'm not there on a regular basis, Sensei has a revalation and I have to learn aikido all over again. Last night was no exception, subtle though it may seem.
Up! Up! Everything goes UP! On the katame waza (ikkyo - gokyo) we start out facing the uke as always. (Base this off of same-side wrist grab) So, we start off turning 90 degrees and stepping back slightly with the outside foot and then deeper with the inside foot. Gotta keep your hands up and in front of you, but the outside hand comes in at an angle to the floor, with good kokyu ho hand positioning, and instead of going right in for the wrist (and inside hand going for the elbow) Instead... you strike the uke's arm slightly and begin lifting up and you slide your hand up to their wrist. Once the wrist is raised, then you go for the lebow and cut the uke over.
We worked on this all night. It's so subtle, but when your 260lbs and your instructor is smaller and he's got you up on your toes, you know there's gotta be something to it. I'm looking forward to "getting" this and being able to do it. I have no doubt the ramifications of this, but it's going to take some getting used to.
In the mean time, I'm outta here. Gotta go sell a house! or two
It's been too long. Been working around the house a lot lately, getting ready for baby. His room is all situated now: crib, changing table, dresser, stuff, stuff, stuff! Funny thing though...
Yesterday afternoon, my Sister-in-law and Mom-in-law came over to help get things ready. I was taking some trash out and headed back toward the house, talking to my dog, etc. I thought I had noticed something in the corner of my eye, but before I could react,"BAH!"
Sis jumped out from around the corner at me and startled me. I got the impression she was going to grab me and changed her mind at the last second... which is good! I looked down and saw that I assumed a hanmi stance, dropped my center and had my hands up, ready for an attack!
While Mom and wife were inside laughing and Sis was laughing as well, I'm standing there deliberating whether or not to go ahead and cut her over into Nikyo or give her a pass.
I gave her a pass.
I was very proud of how I reacted! I was ready for a randori, had it been more than a couple people and I was ready!
All the more reason to get back on the mat.
Wifey is due in a week or two. Her due date is Feb. 4th, but she's gonna pop before that... I have no doubts. I'll be posting when baby arrives. He's already got a black and white striped tiger with a Gi on and all the belts so when Aiden (baby) starts training, Kun Phooie (tiger's name) can advance with Aiden too. It's just to cute.