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Karen W. posted in her blog about troubles moving her uke during Mototedori Iriminage... and it reminded me of the same problem I had once upon a time.
At the begining of each class, we do a standard warm up, then we practice tenkan, then morotedori kokyunage omote and ura. One particular night, I was partnered up with Darren Hill. Darren is ALL MUSCLE! He's HUGE! Big dude! Ain't movin' for nothin' if he doesn't want to... or unless you do the technique right.
Anyways, he grabbed on with both hands onto my one and I couldn't budge this guy. Not even a little. I'd have broken my arm if I kept doing it that way. SO... I kept bringing my hand in closer to my center... first in front of my obi knot and then a little bit past it. And what do you know? Down goes Darren! It was amazing. He was holding on for dear life, and suddenly it didn't matter.
By bringing his attack out to the side and blending off in that direction, he was easy to move. VERY easy, considering all his power was now off in a direction where I was no longer fighting him. I wasn't even in a position to fight him because I was moving off to his side! Therre is no fight when you let the energy just pass on by.
We reveresed roles and I held on with a death grip. It wasn't that we were showing off or trying to stop the nage from practice. It was the fact that we had found a tool (Redirection) that we always "knew" about but suddenly figured out how to use well! And me? I'm 255 lbs. For anyone to move
Worked on ushiro last night: Ikkyo, Nikkyo and Sankyo. We did this in a manner akin to what Kato Shihan would do... lots of footwork that I'm really not used to yet.
It never ceases to amaze me how Riggs Sensei can just think up a technique and execute it like he's been doing it all his life. "I just made it up!" he says with a sly grin on his face. Meanwhile, the rest of us struggle along trying to figure out... what the hell???
If you've ever done ushiro waza, you know you have to blend and cut. That's not the problem. The problem, aside from being tired last night, was with the footwork. Especially on ura... you don't bring the leg back. In fact, you can't or you'll be too far away from the uke and snatch your hand away. Instead, you load the front leg and step around the uke. Sounds simple, but it's subtle and complex. Once you get it, it's very powerful. Uke feels NO hiccup in the technique which is very flowing and dynamic. And it chunks you across the room in a tight roll... or sends you flying on your belly into the pin.
Hips! Gotta move the hips. None of this will make any sense to anyone until you see it and feel it. Suffice to say, with just Lan, Couch and myself working on this and Riggs showing us what to do... we got a hell of a workout last night. I can barely keep my eyes open right now I'm so tired.
Ugh... 2 more hours.
PS: Sesnei and his wife laid tile down the night before. The dojo is re
Well, no class Tuesday night because... the new MAT ARRIVED! HUZZAH! "It'sa very niiiiice! "(as Lan would say )
Wednesday: Lan's Class! Started off with a bit of jiyuwaza. I sucked. Me, Lan, Brandon and Robert all worked on different things. I gotta hand it to Robert: he's picking things up FAST! He had trouble with the forward rolls. Lan worked with him about five minutes, he figured out the problem, slight modification and Whala! Perfect rolls every time!
Very good job, Robert! You're on a "roll!" *sigh* (bad joke, had to say it)
Worked on Tenchi nage last night. That was good, haven't done that one in a while. Then we did more jiyuwaza... it was much better. THEN... just to keep things interesting, we worked on Hijinage (sp?). It's that cross arm thingy. Keeping everything right in front of you is key. I need to open my hip up more on this one. Overall it was okay, but could stand to be better.
Fun class! We're still waiting on the new tarp, but it should be here today ... or very soon anyhow.
2 more hours! At this rate... it's gonna take me a YEAR to get the hours I need to test for shodan.
Well, anyways... body movement and positioning is the topic of the day. Worked alot on it last night off of morotatori attack ( 2 hand grab on one arm ). Personally, I like this attack and pity the fool that makes the mistake of grabbing my arm/wrist with two hands. Off of this attack, blending is so easy. Staticly, you just tenkan and redirect. With motion, you blend and redirect.
We also practiced entering in on the uke, raising them up and cutting them over into ikkyo. Very flowing... very graceful (when done properly). And the power! When you tenkan around and cut the uke over... WHAM! There is no resistance! On this technique, shiho off of morotatori and yonkyo... resistance only works in your favor in SUCH a way that it really does feel like you are doing nothing.
On the yonkyo in particular, no effort on my part at all. I have HUGE hands and it just seemed inevitable that my thumb would hit the nerve and drop the uke on the spot! Humorous? No. Radial nerve! (That's a joke, the humorous is the larger bone in your upper arm. Har har!)
Anyhow, that was a blast. Looking forward to more of that. We wrapped up the class with free style kokyunage and high fall practice. I'm starting to like high falls. Can't say I'm getting good, but with a crash mat, at least they aren't intimidating anymore. The kokyunage, I need more practice on. I can do it, but it's getting sloppy and I'm forgetting more than I'm remembering. I'd like to do a
bummer, but no mats yet. We had hoped they were coming early... looks like they lied! /cry
Oh well. Had a good class with Lan-san last night. Lan, Brandon, new Robert and myself. Worked on kotegashi last night: Tsuki, katatedori and shomen, I think. It was good! Really getting down to basics: extension, keeping things in front of my center, not letting my arm get behind me, keeping the uke in front of me when appropriate, footwork... good stuff.
Afterwards, we did some practice on high falls. Taking a high fall from sumi otoshi is a TRIP! I find high falls very disorienting... very much so. I'd like to get better at them. Hopefully I will. My courage is coming up on em. I notice several times Lan would set me up for a fall and I really was prepared to go. Glad I didn't! But I could have and survived. LOL