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Last night, I woke up at 3:00AM. There were Kyoto mosquitoes buzzing in my ears, and the apartment's balcony screen door was open. I was so pissed off. I thought roommate Nick had left the screen door open. I thought, I'm going to f---ing open the sliding doors between our rooms and just let the mosquitoes eat him alive!
The mosquitoes in Kyoto aren't a lot larger than the ones back home in upstate New York, but their bite is nasty. (I have a theory that you get acclimated to the poison of your own indigenous mosquitoes, and that the poison of foreign 'skeeters provokes a mild allergic reaction, but I haven't researched this...) Over Golden Week, the dojo had a party on the grounds of the old Imperial Palace, and I still have scabbed-over wounds from the bites that ulcerated.
Anyhow, as I was laying in bed, I thought maybe Nick didn't do it. Maybe it was me. Whatever the case, I spent a long time last night swatting the side of my head to try to kill the buggers when they close enough to my ears. Fun.
Then today at practice I heard we had an earthquake last night. It was a small one, 3.0 on the Richter Scale--centered in Lake Biwa. It was small enough that it didn't set off Japan's earthquake warning system, which sends an alert message to everyone's smart phones. But I think it is probably what woke me up. Maybe it stirred up those mosquitoes, too.
This is the second earthquake I've experienced since I've been in Japan. That's more than or equal to
I'm starting to like hajime geiko. Okay, I can't say that is my final word on the subject, but I did state previously that I thought it was bad training and prone to re-inforcing errors and causing injuries. That may or may not be true, but I have a more positive view of it now.
All members of the class pair into shite-uke partnerships and stand in kamae.
Sensei calls out a pre-determined technique.
Sensei calls out "hajime" and the technique is performed as fast as possible by the entire class.
When the first shite-uke pair returns to the starting kamae position, sensei calls out "hajime" again and the class performs the technique again.
If you are the first shite-uke pair to finish, you get a half-second rest; otherwise, you starting falling behind and have to perform the technique continuously more and more urgently without rest.
This goes on until sensei calls "yame." Then shite-uke switch to uke-shite and start again. Then shite-uke switch again and switch to performing out of opposite leg kamae, then switch one last time.
Obviously, hajime geiko is extremely tiring as you are getting thrown around and getting down and up off the floor continuously.
The point of hajime geiko is supposedly to tire out the body so that the technique doesn't work with strength and only if shite employs correct posture and controls uke's center.
how hajime geiko is used in Kyoto Kenshusei program