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I was just commenting on another blog when it occured to me: Aikido teaches itself! If you get the basics down from someone else, and have a partner to train with, you can pretty much count on aikido teaching itself to you.
Move from the hips.
Get off line
Re-direct uke's energy
These are the things you need to know. REALLY know. Then, through practicing techniques and focusing on these things... if you aren't doing one of them, the technique won't follow. Once you get it IN... then it works and you learn.
Just a thought...
Anyhow, last night's class was a good one. Did some more Iriminage off of a ten shin movement. My "mat rust" has really taken it's toll on me. I can't even remember basic footwork patterns, but shadow-boxing during the break brought to light some good things. Moving with hips... while moving the arms simultaniously...like a mobile (wind chime thingy?) is what I needed to do. Once I did that, I found a familiar arm position that can be found in: katame waza (ikkyo, nikyo, etc.) found in tenchinage, iriminage (obviously) and so much more.
SO... when you find yourself doing things similar to other techniques, if you think you're on to something, you probably are! LOL This may not make a lot of sense... I'm seriously tired right now, but I really feel like getting my thoughts out there.
One other thing: Had I not taken time off of the mat, I'd probably be 1st kyu by now. Sensei asked me last night when I w
Worked on ukemi a lot last night. Lan Sensei was heading up the class for Riggs Sensei. 4th kyu, non-kyu and me (2nd kyu) were there.
Concentrated a lot on setting up our body position for high falls. It just seems very intimdating to me to go over on a high fall for some reason. Being tall, taking falls isn't exactlly my most favorite thing to do. As disorienting as it is, getting up right away just isn't coming for me either.
We started out last night working on iriminage. We didn't just do the technique, we broke it into peices and did it in stages.
Tai sabake: We worked on arm position, deflection of the attack, and coming around to get behind the uke. I'm starting to get better about controling the head, bringing it into my shoulder. I used to have a lot of "back-off" on that, but I'm getting better. My hands are so big, however, that I have to be careful to really capture the shoulder and not just grab and end up choking the uke! LOL
Then we worked on the hips. Once you have the uke captured, using the hips to move the uke is very key and we focused a lot on that last night. Bending the knees, turning the hips, opening foot to open the hips... and RAISING the arm! I still slip back into dropping the arm a bit, but it's getting better now. Taking time to think and analyze while off the mat has helped a great deal to figure out why I'm doing things a certain way and why I shouldn't do other things. Keeping it all in front of me... very important.
My hip action is really coming into play. When I was throwing in iriminage last night, I kept feeling my hip bumping the uke. That is something Kato Shihan does all the time. Being a skinny little guy, it can hurt! But me, being big and fat (not really, but I'm not skinny either) I've got a little more padding to make it easier on the uke. But boy... do I nail them! Madrid was telling me it actually gives him a little boost to help him roll
I was talking with someone on the forums (James) who said something that really clicked for me. "If I grab someone... they become the sword."
SO.. tsuki kotegeishi - uke attacks with a punch to the chest. You turn tenkan, deflect the punch and catch the hand/wrist. Now your standing in mirror image of the uke, so... their hand becomes the handle of your "sword." You raise up the sword, pivot, step and cut! Makes total sense to me now.
We used to do a version where you brought the uke's arm almost straightt back, which if you are doing a cross cut (horizontal cut) that will work to. But in doing this, you have to be fast because if you're going slow, the uke has an opening and can punch you. If you raise up, their arm is in front of them the whole time and the uke would have to reach around him/her self in order to hit you. GREAT protection for the nage as well as continual taking of uke's balance.
I still have a long way to go, but last nights class was really good. We've been studying Kato Shihan's style and trying to get down the footwork, etc. for a while. For some reason, it was difficult to do before, but last night, it started coming easier to me.
Katatedori Ikkyo - Omote
On this one, we turn about 90 degrees and take a small step back with the outside foot. This whole time, Nage needs to keep good kokyu ho and bring the hands up, keeping them in front of their center the whole time.
Once Nage has their hands nearing chest level, deep step back with the inside leg and turn the hips to load it. Keep your knees bent and be ready to move! The hands... while maintaining kokyu ho, turn while staying in front of your center. As the hips turn, the arms will meet up with the arm of the uke. Nage does NOT reach over to capture the hand; instead, you just keep the kokyu ho hand position and catch the hand/wrist with that. Slide the inside hand up toward the elbow and REALLY EXTEND HERE!!! Extension is key here, because now...
Remember the loaded up leg? Got the hip turned over so that the leg is becoming a spring, arm is captured... now you pop! Launch! Turn the hips back into the uke, lifting at the elbow and cutting down and across with the captured wrist. Follow by stepping through with that loaded leg and cut the uke down to the ground here. Then do the pin.
On the Ura, similar set-up. The difference is that instead of stepping forward on the step through,
Well, after two months of work, moving, and gernal life craziness... I managed to get back on the mat this week.
First, there was a trip to San Angelo, Tx. for a quick seminar there at Randy Shupe Sensei's dojo. From 3pm to 7pm (though I got out at 6:30pm) we did basics training: katate dori ikkyo omote and ura, shomenuchi iriminage, katate dori iriminage and others. I can't remember all of it, but Randy Sensei is very eager to associate with Kato Shihan and learn his style. In order to do that, Riggs Sensei will be logging many hours in San Angelo, which he doesn't mind at all. Randy was a GREAT help to Riggs by coming to Midland and helping with the build out of the new office and dojo space. We owe Randy a huge debt of gratitude.
Last night, I was in class, finally, with Lan Sensei at the helm. He was in charge, teaching class with myself, Jared and Brandon. Both of these newer students are coming along very well. I was lucky enough to see their last test and was pleased to see how far along they've come.
Class last night consisted of shomenuchi ikkyo omote and ura, katate dori yonkyo and tenchinage. My tenchi is REALLY rusty! I've completely forgotten how to do it... was making stuff up it seemed.
...got...to... get... back... on... the... mat!!!
Anyhow, between the seminar and class last night, put me down for 5.5 hours! By the time I'm all warmed up and ready to go (hopefully before Christmas) I'll be ready for my test and have all the hours needed t