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I was reading a post and suddenly I could see with my mind's eye just what it is that higher ranking aikidoka do with kotegeshi.
(I know this is going to sound outta the blue, but it is more a note to Myself so I don't forget it. So please excuse my non-sequitor ramblings. )
Standing ready in hamni, uke attacks with shomenuchi (for this example). Okay... nage needs to get off-line, yes. But in so doing, nage turns to blend with the motion of the uke and follows the right handed attack with the left hand to then capture the wrist.
NOW THEN... here's where something clicked. I USED to muscle this whole thing: I'd capture the wrist, keep the energy going DOWN (wrong) and then muscle the uke (arm first) across the front of me. My body motion would be to bring the leg back as in tenkan, plant it (wrong again) push off with my front leg and kinda push-pull with my left arm until the uke got where I wanted him to be.
WRONG! WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!
Okay... get off-line and start the nage tenkan motion. As the left hand is following the attack downward... start angling off the energy to the space where you are moving out of. Angle it down and out. That weakin's the uke because their own energy is now being redirected outside their own balance area... but it is still (at this time) their own energy! NOW... once you have completed your tenkan motion, unweight your front foot a bit (but doesn't have to leave the floor nessecarily) and open your hips up in the direction of
Ugh! I'm dyin' here.
FINALLY, I got back on the mat Monday night. Been gone 6 months due to Mr. Baby showing up in the world. (cute little bug!)
So... I get on the mat, here we go: back to basics. New student is on the mat, getting ready to test for 5th kyu. Cool! Easy workout. Not a problem.
I wake up Tuesday and can't hardly get outta bed! OMG! I am SO freaking outta shape, it's pathetic.
/insert two days of stretching and recovery time.
Get on the mat last night. (Thursday) Nikyo Waza! Not only am I going down alot, but going in pain... landing on at least one knee (and those hurt) and now... I'm DYING AGAIN!
Okay, maybe I'm over exagerating a little.
Did learn some good stuff though. REALLY effective henkawaza where we lock the uke down in Nikyo Ura (wrist locked to the chest) then you turn that wrist out and bring your inside arm up underneath uke's extended arm. Then you go Palm Up, Palm Down. Throw that hip in there and watch the uke fly! Was good stuff.
We did several of those last night, variations off of nikyo. Did a sokomen iriminage, kokyunage and a couple others... but I'm out of it right now. Functioning on 6 hours sleep after a 21 hour day.
(chaulk up 4 hours so far this week)