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Worked on Two step versions of Ikkyo, and Irimi Nage, then tenchi Nage. It was a good class. Lots to learn. Including one of those; "If you think about it, you loose it" moments. Worked with a two of our newest members, and gained a lot of insight. The built in response to want to get farther away from what we perceive on some level as an attack is amazing. Working really slow with them it I could still see the difficulty they had in getting in close in Irimi Nage. It made me think of my own techniques, and to determine that to an extent I am probably doing some of the same still.
At the end of class I paired up with Rick, who has probably been the person that I have trained with most in my Aikido practice. It is amazing training with him because we have trained together so much, any subtle differences that appear, created or by chance are easy to feel. Ah that was different, what we you concentrating on there? What did you just change? Did that feel different to you? Most of the time in that moment we can share with each other the answers to these questions, and try the changes out ourselves.
Training with Rick is really good especially when I am working on new or deeper parts of the practice. We worked on one together today that was amazing. In Tenchi Nage, when I was Uke, there was a moment that I felt like I needed to protect myself from his heaven hand. This was deep, somewhere in the unconscious mind level protecti
Aikido mind blowers for the day:
My Shiho Nage seemed to have dissapeared for a quite a while. I was working with Picasso this morning, and having my normal shiho nage problems. Picasso said: move your hips through you arms, on shiho nage don't try so much a turn around as to get your hips through. Ok this was amazing, I know that my shiho nage was never as good as it was after that instant!!! Wow, blew my mind.
Then I got to be the crash test dummy (demonstration uke), and Sensei worked on drawing your uke gently off balance in ikkyo and shiho nage. I tried this with my partner, which was Rick and it was amazing!!! Sensei even said "That is good". WOW high praise!!!
Then sensei worked with Rick and I on presenting wrist as a place for uke to grab, but also something that takes and keeps the center. The uke has to go around the hand and wrist to get to Nage. Nage holds center from the begining of the technique. From before their even is a grab or an event. The amazing thing was that this changes for Uke to Uke, and that you have to adjust for ukes physicallity and personality.
Sensei just holding his hand out in the right place made it seem alternately easy to grab, and an obsiticle to get around!!!